Priceless movie

I don’t know if you remember this, but during the ’80s, Imelda Marcos had the Manila International Film Festival.
I was in school then, but I remember half day only because we had exams. So I would rush home in my uniform, park the folding table in front of TV, eat KFC, and watch foreign subtitled movies—every single day until the festival was over.
I had the time of my life. I wasn’t an A student, obviously, but I passed all my exams.
Thus began my love affair of foreign movies.

Last Saturday night I couldn’t sleep. I started watching various trailers on iTunes, until I stumbled upon a 2006 French movie called Hors de Prix.

Hors de Prix

It stars Audrey Tatou (Amelie, Da Vinci Code, Coco Before Chanel) as Irene, a gold-digger on the prowl in the French Riviera. She likes them old and rich.

Hors de Prix

French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh co-stars as Jean, a hotel employee, who gets mistaken for a millionaire when Irene finds him drinking at the hotel bar.

Hors de Prix

A one-night stand leads to a second, and Irene discovers who Jean really is.

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Smitten, he allows the material girl to drain his life savings, forcing him to hook up with a wealthy widow.

Hors de Prix

But let’s not give away the rest of the story.
I have to say watching this made me feel like high school again—with my uniform, TV tray and KFC.
Except I watched this in bed while everyone was sleeping, under the blanket and with headphones.
I love how Gad Elmaleh transforms into a lowly bartender into a dashing gentleman, while Audrey Tautou has the body to die for!!
Makes me wish I were young again. I could study French again, visit Paris more.
And I need to watch more foreign films.
Now don’t let this trailer fool you. The movie, though a bit long in some scenes, is really worth watching.

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  • Chaby Lita

    one of my favorite films ever! Love the part where she was on the dance floor with Jean, “You’re a prince……”

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  • friendbuena

    ako din i love this movie!

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  • mieldv

    One of my favorite French movies is Ma femme est une actrice with my fave jolie-laide, Charlotte Gainsbourg costarring her partner Yvan Attal. And for your chef, I recommend Le Chef with Michael Youn and Jean Reno. Both happy films.

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  • vickie

    I love this movie! So much that I wanted to go to Monte Carlo :p

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  • DS

    You might want to check out A LA FOLIE PAS DU TOUT (HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT). It’s a romantic thriller and Tautou is brilliant as always! :)

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    Nan Reply:

    I highly recommend this film. One of my faves!

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  • ian m.

    he looks like David Pomeranz ms. C

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    mikee Reply:

    younger naman!

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  • lyndon

    have u watch hangover ,jean reno n juliet binoche ?the movie na stuck sa paris airport?

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  • http://www.riosebastian.com/ rio

    The last french movie i saw was L’ecume des jours. I read the book also, but in English. My french is not fluent enough yet for a Boris Vian book. It also starred Audrey Tautou. Not a feel-good movie though. But i liked it.

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  • http://thysz.net/ Thysz

    One of my all time favorite movies. I screamed when I saw this on my feed Ms. C!

    Also, BEST. SCENE. EVER.

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    Marc Reply:

    SPOILER ALERT!

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    Thysz Reply:

    OMG SORRY! But it’s the most heartbreaking part of the movie :(

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  • Alvin J Salazar ツ

    Audrey Tautou had me at Amelie..

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  • Tricia

    Gad Elmaleh is Charlotte Casiraghi’s boyfriend. And there’s rumor she’s pregnant by him

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    CVS Reply:

    wow!!

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    Viennese Guest Reply:

    True! It’s in almost every gossip magazine here in EU :)

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    CVS Reply:

    pogi points for him!

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    Topaz Horizon Reply:

    Oh wow! Jackpot!

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  • Tina

    Hi. Nice feature. I’m a Francophile. :) I liked this movie too. You may have already seen these but if not, I hope you watch Le Diner de Cons and Le Placard. Nothing like French comedies! Both happen to be written and directed by Francis Veber. Gad Elmaleh is also in FV’s La Doublure. I liked that too but not as much as the other two. Also, another movie that has stuck with me since French class back in the 80′s and haunts me to this day is Au Revoir Les Enfants. Set in Nazi-occupied France. Sad but definitely a must-see.

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  • Eva

    If you loved this, you should also see L’arnacoer (Heartbreaker), starring Vanessa Paradis (yes, Johnny Depp’s ex!) and Romain Duris. It’s one of the best/funniest French rom-com I’ve seen. :)

    The movie also gets points for the cast’s reenactment of the “Time of Your Life” scene in Dirty Dancing.

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    CVS Reply:

    i want to watch but i cant get past her tooth gap

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    Viennese Guest Reply:

    Agree Ms C! LOL :))))

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  • johbeeze

    Love Me If You Dare (2003) “Jeux d’enfants” is a really good. You should check it out! not unless you already saw it Ms. C!

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    CVS Reply:

    ill check it out :)

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    iarra Reply:

    Yes to Love Me If You Dare! :) Watch “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” also, if you haven’t :)

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  • dinhsvenz

    I love, love this movie! I’ve been a fan of Audrey Tatou since I watched her in Amelie. I’m downloading this movie again…it’ll be my 5th! Thanks for posting this!

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  • tafrancophile

    Hi, CVS. The Alliance de Francaise in Cebu hosts a free movie night every second Friday of the month. This was one of the movies they showed, and I enjoyed it immensely — the clothes, Audrey Tatou, the humor, and the motorbikes — one of the best movies they showed. :)

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  • geljam

    I just watched him with Jerry Seinfeld in Comedians getting coffee! http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/gad-elmaleh-no-lipsticks-for-nuns
    I’ll go see this nga.

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    CVS Reply:

    wow i love that. his English is good! thanks for the link :)

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    epl Reply:

    The frite shop they went to is a place in the East Village called Pomme Frites, where the staff is all-Filipino. :-D

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    CVS Reply:

    mukha nga

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    cristina arcucci Reply:

    Gad is Jewish but born and raised in Morocco I think hé is Canadian as well , maybe one of his folks. Coco (film)was hilarious.

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    CVS Reply:

    wow he can join my Jewish men list