Priceless is a French romantic comedy staring the gorgeous Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh. Iréne is a bit of a gold digger and mistakes the bartender, Jean, in her Riviera hotel for a millionaire. Of course when she discovers he’s not rich, she dumps him and Jean must find a way to get back into her life. Unfortunately, that means he also has to take on the life of a gold digger.
The film is supposedly based on Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I haven’t yet read Truman Capote’s novella so can’t compare to that but it feels nothing like the 1961 film. Neither character is instantly likeable and the friendship takes most the film to develop. Nor is Iréne involved with any shady characters.
It’s pretty standard rom-com fare. I did find it a little more awkward than funny at times. Jean obviously can’t afford to woo her yet she lets him be a complete doormat. It’s more amusing when they’re both playing the same game. Maybe it just loses something in translation…
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