(La Fille de Monaco)
DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: DVD Features French Farce Revolving around Unusual Love Triangle
Bertrand Beauvois (Fabrice Luchini) is one of Paris’ top criminal defense attorneys which is why Edith Lassalle (Stephane Audran) retains his services, when she’s arrested for murder in Monaco after allegedly committing a crime of passion. But because the highly-neurotic lawyer has more emotional than conventional baggage, it only makes sense that his concerned client would have to hire a local bodyguard to monitor his movements 24/7.
And right off the bat, beefy chauffeur Christophe (Roschdy Zem) has his hands full. First, Bertrand’s head is turned by Audrey Varella (Louise Bourgoin), a shameless flirt half his age. She’s the popular weather girl on the local TV station, so the fifty-something out-of-towner is understandably flattered to get so much attention from a woman who’s not only young but famous in her own right.
What he doesn’t know, however, is that overzealous Christophe happens to be Audrey’s ex-boyfriend and wants her back. Another fly in the ointment arrives when Bertrand’s mistress, Helene (Jeanne Balabar) shows up unexpectedly from
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The denouement takes on a more somber tone than expected, given the movie’s relatively breezy beginnings. Till then, the flick is delightful due to the bawdy badinage exchanged against an assortment of breathtaking
Excellent (3.5 stars)
Rated R for sexuality and profanity.
In French with subtitles
Running time: 94 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Audio commentary and an interview with star Louise Bourgoin, but in French only.