see this one! THE VALET is hilarious! I haven't laughed so loudly and enjoyed a French farce so much since LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in 1980. No doubt there will be a terrible USA remake (hello Nicholas Cage, Nic, pick up the phone, it's Disney remakes on the line) which will blunt the silliness and sharpness of this Gallic comedy. Another comment on this site said it is a sure successor to Billy Wilder comedies and that is probably as close to the mark, generating the audience goodwill before they buy at ticket. And you should too; THE VALET like Wilder's ONE TWO THREE or KISS ME STUPID, is intelligent ridiculousness, all glossy with flowers and puzzled faces, retorts and door slamming, bumbling and embarrassments. If Blake Edwards was still making films this would his perfect project as a remake in the US; sadly I expect it to be handled by some MTV hack who will turn it into gravy with a few punches. But, see it first as THE VALET. Laugh. What a delight to see Kristin Scott-Thomas too. What a sly role for her. Yum.
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Middle-classed Pierre Levasseur's (Daniel Auteuil's) life changes after he marries wealthy Christine (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas). With wealth at his beckoning, he has an affair with leggy supermodel, Elena (Alice Taglioni), and makes her his mistress. Things spiral out of control after Christine gets a photograph of both of them together along with a strange male. The only way Pierre can get out of this mess is by locating this stranger, and asking him to pose as Elena's boyfriend/spouse. He is able to locate and identify him as François Pignon (Gad Elmaleh), a valet, and pays him handsomely to enact this charade, and as a result, François and Elena move in to live in a small apartment. Chaos results when Christine hires a private eye to spy on Elena, and Pignon juggles his life between the woman he adores, Émilie (Virginie Ledoyen); this charade; his attraction towards Elena; an overly inquisitive friend, Richard (Dany Boon); while a suspicious Pierre, afraid of losing Elena to Pignon, recruits a male to spy on the couple.
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May 20, 2022 at 10:39 PM