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Chéri

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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The story of the love affair between a beautiful retired courtesan Lea, and Chéri, the son of her old colleague and rival, Madame Peloux. After six years Madame Peloux has secretly arranged a marriage between Chéri and Edmee, the daughter of another rich courtesan. As the inevitable moment of parting approaches, Lea and Cheri begin to understand, too late, how much they mean to one another.
Title: Chéri
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2009.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: The making of Chéri; deleted scenes.
Based on the novels "Chéri" and "The last of Chéri" by Colette.
CPL DVD# 5921506
Summary: The story of the love affair between a beautiful retired courtesan Lea, and Chéri, the son of her old colleague and rival, Madame Peloux. After six years Madame Peloux has secretly arranged a marriage between Chéri and Edmee, the daughter of another rich courtesan. As the inevitable moment of parting approaches, Lea and Cheri begin to understand, too late, how much they mean to one another.
Audience: MPAA rating R for some sexual content and brief drug use.
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ISBN: 0788897780
Statement of Responsibility: Miramax Films presents in association with Pathé, UK Film Council, Aramid Entertainment with the participation of MMC Studios, Filmstiftung NRW, DFFF, Tiggy Films and Reliant Pictures Corporation, a Bill Kenwright production, a film by Stephen Frears ; producers, Andras Hamori, Tracey Seaward and Thom Mount ; produced by Bill Kenwright ; written by Christopher Hampton ; directed by Stephen Frears
Credits: Director of photography, Darius Khondji ; editor, Lucia Zucchetti ; music, Alexandre Desplat.
Performers: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (2.35:1, enhanced); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Love France Drama. Arranged marriage France Drama. Man-woman relationships France Drama. Mothers and sons France Drama. Courtesans France Drama.
Genre/Form: Fiction films.
Feature films-2009.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2009.
DVD-Video discs-2009.
Topical Term: Love
Arranged marriage
Man-woman relationships
Mothers and sons
Courtesans
Publisher No: 102265
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Mar 24, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Had to stop this one near the start. Too old and too young.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Quimeras rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I didn’t care too much for the story but as always, I enjoyed watching Kathy Bates; she has mastered the art of delivering zingers.

the dvd was so damaged it would not play...

May 26, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Chéri is empty, shallow, immoral. Well, being that it is based on Colette's work, it is not surprising it presents immorality as a virtue... Miss Pfeifer is beautiful, as always--just a bit too thin--in the perfectly tailored fin-de-siécle costumes, and comfortably embodies the emptiness and lack of morals that is a constant in Colette's works. Rupert Friend, an actor I don't really like, looks SO effeminate, there was a close-up scene showing his face, I thought for a few seconds it was a woman's. The dialogues are vapid and rehearsed, trying to convey the carelessness of the empty characters. Worth watching ONLY for the absolutely gorgeous and perfect Art-Nouveau set and costumes.

Feb 23, 2012
  • happygirl15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Visually beautiful movie with its Art Nouveau costumes and locations set during the Belle Epoch before WWI. Excellent casting of actors playing the various characters, starting with Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend and Kathy Bates. I can't imagine any other actress in this role but Ms. Pfeiffer with the perfect balance of beauty, maturity and intelligence. This story is about a group of misfits- aging courtesans and their children-who fit in neither the upper nor lower classes-and therefore have only each other for company. Their survival has always depended upon the "upper class" and they have adopted many of their biases and social conventions (arranged marriage, an older female courtesan to "mature" a son before he's married, etc.) even though they have more opportunities to exercise their freedom outside of social classes...and they miss out on opportunities for happiness and love. Sadly, their ingrained competitiveness precludes them from offering real support to each other, leaving them alone in their gilded cages.

Mar 03, 2010
  • Ur2qt2b4got10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Lots of awesome Art Nouveau eye candy.

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