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Cheri

 

UK 2009, 86 minutes
Dir. Stephen Frears
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama / Romance, Girl-centric

Topics: Period - 1900s, Mid-life.

 

Aroview: Gorgeously-appointed period drama set in the "Belle Époque" of 1900s Paris, focused on a love affair between a retired courtesan (Pfeiffer) and a disaffected, flamboyant youth nicknamed 'Cheri' (Friend).

The cast are all but upstaged by the extravagant yet tasteful art nouveau decor, though Pfeiffer, in full middle-aged bloom, holds her own in a role to fit her maturity as a screen siren. Perhaps too stagey and dispassionate to get the heart racing as it should, but its delicacy and poignancy will speak strongly to women of a certain age.

NZ International Film Festival 2009

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