Fickle type of farce

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

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

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