Chéri

Chéri

DVD - 2009
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The story of the love affair between beautiful retired courtesan Lea and Chéri, the son of her old colleague and rival, Madame Peloux. After six years Madame Peloux has secretly arranged a marriage between Chéri and Edmee, the daughter of another rich courtesan. As the inevitable moment of parting approaches, Lea and Chéri begin to understand, too late, how much they mean to one another.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Films, 2009
Branch Call Number: CHE
Characteristics: 1 dvd (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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jkbergh
Apr 22, 2015

I was pleasantry surprise that this movie turned out great. I love Kathy Bates and Michelle Pfeifer. Definitely a chick flick movie.

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ashleysears
Mar 24, 2014

Had to stop this one near the start. Too old and too young.

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FrankJ21
Jun 11, 2013

Um?
Dumb?
Dummer?
Dummest?

Let's call it half way between dummer and dummest.

I cannot imagine who would find this film interesting, and find it incredible that people put up the money to produce it, although except for renting some beautiful 1910ish horseless carriages the cost was virtually zero.

Quimeras Dec 17, 2012

I didn’t care too much for the story but as always, I enjoyed watching Kathy Bates; she has mastered the art of delivering zingers.

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gr8_reader
Aug 13, 2012

the dvd was so damaged it would not play...

happygirl15 Feb 23, 2012

Visually beautiful movie with its Art Nouveau costumes and locations set during the Belle Epoch before WWI. Excellent casting of actors playing the various characters, starting with Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend and Kathy Bates. I can't imagine any other actress in this role but Ms. Pfeiffer with the perfect balance of beauty, maturity and intelligence. This story is about a group of misfits- aging courtesans and their children-who fit in neither the upper nor lower classes-and therefore have only each other for company. Their survival has always depended upon the "upper class" and they have adopted many of their biases and social conventions (arranged marriage, an older female courtesan to "mature" a son before he's married, etc.) even though they have more opportunities to exercise their freedom outside of social classes...and they miss out on opportunities for happiness and love. Sadly, their ingrained competitiveness precludes them from offering real support to each other, leaving them alone in their gilded cages.

EuSei Jul 23, 2011

Chéri is empty, shallow, immoral. Well, being that it is based on Colette's work, it is not surprising it presents immorality as a virtue... Miss Pfeifer is beautiful, as always--just a bit too thin--in the perfectly tailored fin-de-siécle costumes, and comfortably embodies the emptiness and lack of morals that is a constant in Colette's works. Rupert Friend, an actor I don't really like, looks SO effeminate, there was a close-up scene showing his face, I thought for a few seconds it was a woman's. The dialogues are vapid and rehearsed, trying to convey the carelessness of the empty characters. Worth watching ONLY for the absolutely gorgeous and perfect Art-Nouveau set and costumes.

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CalicoJack
Mar 06, 2010

With Rupert Friend as my love interest, I'd be far less dispassionate than Michelle Pfeiffer appears (at least until the end) in this Belle Epoque soap opera about an arranged marriage resulting in a love triangle (Charles & Diana style with genders reversed). But the tepid acting is just as well, since it gives you more time to stare at the utterly ravishing period fashions, hair, (modern) make-up, & Art Nouveau interiors. So even though most of the actors seem uncomfortable in period dress & furnishings (especially Pfeiffer & Kathy Bates), this film's superb visuals & refreshing innovations on the colours turquoise & purple are the reasons I gave it 4 stars.

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Ur2qt2b4got10
Mar 03, 2010

Lots of awesome Art Nouveau eye candy.

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joseph
Dec 17, 2009

Fair - Cheri (2009) 92 min. Personal bias - I'm not that into historical period pieces especially those that focus on the aristocracy - too snobbish. And my bias holds true for this one. Cheri is about a woman (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) who falls for a much younger man (Cheri played by Rupert Friend). Cheri is then fixed up by his mother (played by Kathy Bates) with someone his own age to Michelle Pfeiffer's obvious discontent. The film is lackluster in comparison to others with whit and satire. But as a soap opera, the film does hold its own. Best scene was Michelle Pfeiffer's character pining for her Cheri. Lastly, though intentional, you'll notice great changes in Pfeiffer's appearance throughout from looking vibrantly young to old. This film should garner a Best Costume nomination at the 2010 Oscars.

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