AfterEllen.com readers outside
the U.S. often lament the delays in getting movies and TV series that
we write about. But in the case of Hors de Prix (English title: Priceless),
the rest of the world is way ahead of the States.
Priceless, which opened
in Belgium in 2006, stars the lovely Audrey Tautou, best known
to American audiences as Sophie Neveu in The Da Vinci Code and
Amélie Poulain in Amélie.
Tautou plays Irène, an attractive
woman who relies on the kindness of older, very
wealthy men. While on vacation with one such
gentleman, Jacque, Irène meets Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a bartender
who pretends to be a
order to spend an evening with Irène.
Once she discovers the deception,
Irène dumps Jean. He is smitten and, for a while, attempts to keep
up with her lifestyle. But when an older, wealthy woman takes an interest
in him, Jean decides to engage Irène as a mentor in how to live a life
of luxury — on other people’s money.
If the romantic comedy reminds
you of something another beautiful Audrey might’ve done, it’s no coincidence.
Tautou often is touted as the modern-day Audrey Hepburn.
Tautou herself isn’t too keen on the comparison, preferring to be
judged on her own merits. And, while I agree that Tautou is enchanting,
I doubt that we will ever again see a neck like this.
Priceless opens in U.S.
theaters March 28. If you’ve seen Hors de Prix, let us know if
we should make a point to see it.