La Fille de Monaco

Tomorrow night’s gala focuses on a lonely lawyer who happens upon a self-centred seductress in this French black comedy (do the French do any other kind of comedy?). What follows is an upbeat but ultimately heartbreaking examination of the depths people will go to in hopes of eliminating loneliness. The meek protagonist, lawyer Bertrand Beauvois (Fabrice Luchini) arrives in Monaco to argue a case, and is met with celebrity.

Fame hungry Audrey (Louise Bourgoin), local weathergirl and opportunist, quickly latches onto Bertrand in hopes of profiting from his cache. The chemistry of the cast is undeniable and the work itself is able to hold interest for the entirety of the film. Is there any star power here? The film’s star is obviously Bourgoin, who exudes effortless sexiness in her role as the Lolita-esque temptress. The film does have its problems, but for those who enjoy suspending their disbelief and watching as a characters life spirals more and more out of control, it’ll be a definite treat.

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