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Cheri [DVD]

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  • Stephen Frears, director of THE QUEEN and HIGH FIDELITY, continues to demonstrate his genre-defying talent with this adaptation of a Colette novel. Set in Paris in the years before World War I, CHERI paints a picture of the romance between young Chri (Rupert Friend) and retired courtesan La (Michelle Pfeiffer). Chris mother (Kathy Bates), a rival of La, plots to separate the pair by arranging a marriage between her son and Edme (Felicity Jones). Screenwriter Christopher Hampton previously collaborated with the director on DANGEROUS LIAISONS.
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  • Credits
    Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Frances Tomelty
  • Critic Reviews
    4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] works with all the joie de vivre and effervescent bubbles of vintage champagne....Hampton's lines, many of which come directly from Colette, are a joy to hear -- barbed and acerbic witticisms that speak volumes..."
    Box Office

    "This is a deft, clever adaptation by director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton of Colette's CHERI novellas, with a commanding star turn by Michelle Pfeiffer..."
    Film Comment

    "As they did with LIAISONS, Frears and Hampton have a ball with their sources scandalous boudoir politics..."
    Movieline

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It is fascinating to observe how Pfeiffer controls her face and voice during times of painful hurt....The cinematography by Darius Khondji and costumes by Consolata Boyce are meticulous in evoking decadence."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[Pfeiffer delivers a] languorously nuanced performance as a striking beauty....The film is a sumptuous, handsome portrait of a woman poised fearfully on the brink of decline, yet too proud to grab at rescue."
    A.V. Club

    "As shot by the expert Darius Khondji, CHERI makes the most of its real-life French locations and settings....Pfeiffer and Friend also have excellent on-screen chemistry."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart."
    Rolling Stone

    "[T]his November-May romance is set in an elegant Paris during the turn of the last century. The distinctive costumes and ornate belle epoque furnishings are a sumptuous sight."
    USA Today

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Michelle Pfeiffer teases sly pleasures from her [character]....She's sharper than a hairpin."
    Total Film

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