Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Movie of the Week - The Valet

This week’s movie is The Valet (2006).

The French film is about a porter and a supermodel who must fake a relationship for the media to salvage a CEO’s marriage, at least for the short-term as the supermodel is the CEO’s mistress whom he promises to leave his wife for – all the while the porter’s life is changing as the supermodel’s confidence rubs off on him. Directed by the wonderful comedy mind of writer/director Francis Veber (The Closet and The Dinner Game), the film is a great romantic comedy (a film that overly commercialized and stunted American rom-coms should aspire to be). The cast is also fantastic headlined by the very funny Gad Elmaleh (one of my favorites), whose performance makes the film; he is the perfect everyman-type. It also stars Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Berry, Virginie Ledoyen, and comedian Dany Boon. What makes the film great is its fun combination of farce and fantasy but still being anchored in the reality. Most rom-coms have a certain amount of fantasy to them, this film is no different, but it exploits this fantasy for its comedic potential. The film is very funny, well acted and will leave the viewer happy. It is a must see for fans of rom-coms. Check out the trailer.

The Valet [DVD]

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