Fickle type of farce
THERE is some very average product being sneaked on to the market while the last of the Harry Potter films fills the coffers of the movie business.
With Beautiful Lies, we have a middle-of-the-road French farce with barely a fresh idea to be found within.
The filmmakers are hoping audiences will happily gaze in admiration at the gamine beauty of Audrey ‘‘ Amelie’’ Tautou ( pictured) and forget about the fluff that’s swamping the screen.
To her credit, Tautou does look stunning, no matter what the lighting set-up or camera angle.
A forgettable, if very easy-tofollow, story piles on the misunderstandings and mixed signals shared by an antsy hairdresser ( Tautou), her depressed mother ( Nathalie Baye) and a handsome handyman ( Sami Bouajila).
Without going into too much detail, the handyman has a crush on the hairdresser, but a misplaced love letter or two has the mother thinking she is the right and proper recipient of his affections.
An average episode of a TV sitcom works up more plotting than what is served up by the full 100 minutes of Beautiful Lies.
The best that can be said in its defence is that the performances are very likeable across the board, and there’s a good deal more romantic sizzle in the closing minutes than we find in Larry Crowne. www. devraismensongeslefilm. com