Priceless, Pierre Salvadori’s re-imagining (read: vulgarization) of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wears its contempt on its sleeve. Irene (Audrey Tautou) fucks Jean (Gad Elmaleh) under the pretense that he’s loaded, and their affair puts a wrench into her plans to marry a rich man. One year later, he threatens to do more harm to her craven upward mobility when she returns to the hotel where he works—unknown to her—as a lowly bartender. This most sexist film sees Irene’s need to bilk men out of their money as a natural part of the feminine mystique while recognizing Jean’s own exploitation of an older woman’s fortune as an act of necessity after Irene, cruelly and unforgivably, squanders his savings on material possessions. A sane man would have strangled her, but then Priceless would have ended, painfully but still mercifully, after 30 minutes. Instead, this live-action cartoon, which considers the sight of Jean being dragged by a small army of pooches throughout the posh streets of the French Riviera as the epitome of humor, trudges unbearably on as a how-to manual for budding assholes. It’s hard to say what’s worse, the film’s ageism and condescension for the peculiar ways of the rich or that few stories have ever asked audiences to care for characters as loathsome and feebly redeemed as Irene and Jean, but this much is clear: an American remake seems inevitable, assuming that Michael Douglas, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Ashton Kutcher, and Demi Moore’s schedules are all free.
- Samuel Goldwyn Films
- 104 min
- Pierre Salvadori
- Benoît Graffin, Pierre Salvadori
- Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff, Jacques Spiesser, Annelise Hesme
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