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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Too Beautiful For You
Too Beautiful For You
MGM // R // November 5, 2002
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Review by Matt Langdon | posted December 11, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Watch any of French director Bertrand Blier's movies and you'll see subversive elements crawling all over the place. Too Beautiful For You made in 1990 is not as outrageous as some of his films but it has a bit of a bite. It is about a man, played by Gerard Depardieu, who is married to a beautiful woman (the always stunning Carole Bouquet) who no longer gives him satisfaction so he begins to have an affair with a dowdy looking woman (Josiane Balasko).

As in many of Blier's comedies there is a humorous absurdity driving the whole plot forward. In this case it seems improbable that a man would leave such a beautiful wife for a rather plain (or even unattractive) one. But Blier is interested in odd relationships: in his most famous film Get Out Your Handkerchiefs the main woman character finds true love in a 14 year-old boy.

The nature and paradoxes of love and sex are explored with an artistic and astute eye. Blier gives us a lot of the kind of stuff we expect to see in 'art films' including ostentatious style, theater-like staged scenes, flash backs and forwards, revolving time jumps, fast and slow editing techniques and incredibly emotive music (by Schubert).

What's evident is that the relationship between Depardieu – who frankly looks a bit bored through the film – and his new love cannot last. Certainly, this must be a mid-life crisis that all men deal with and everything will go back to normal by the end. Since this is a Blier film that is not the case. Even thought this is a good fun film, it doesn't have the sting of his earlier films.

Audio:
Audio sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and is quite good. The musical score is particularly strong in places. Dialogue is in French with English subtitles.

Video:
The DVD is presented in widescreen 2.35:1 and looks very good.

Extras:
The only extra is the original trailer.p> Overall:
Too Beautiful to You is a French film about the paradoxes and absurdities of love. It is beautiful to look at with a good transfer and great audio track. Some may find it pretentious but compared to most stale Hollywood and Indie films about love affairs this is a breath of fresh air.

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