LOVEFiLM Review: Beautiful Lies (2010)

An anonymous love letter leads to a slew of misunderstandings in this lighthearted comedy starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie). When Emilie opens a heartfelt love letter from a secret admirer, her first instinct is to throw it in the trash. The skeptical salon owner has a change of heart, however, when she realizes what such a sentiment would mean to her lonely, despondent mother Maddie (Nathalie Baye). On a whim, Emilie forwards the letter, and goes on with her day. But later, when Maddie happens across Jean (Sami Bouajila) – a smitten Arab handyman and the original author of the amorous note – the mother and daughter find themselves in a heated competition for the same man. – ROTTEN TOMATOES

I have wanted to see Beautiful Lies since it came out last year, and I must say I was a little disappointed.

Beautiful Lies works best when it is a light, screwball comedy; stars Tautou and Bouajila work well together and the dialogue flows comfortably between the pair. I think director Salvadori is aiming to create a tone reminiscent of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade, and for the most part it works well. It’s just when more plot lines are added to the script that the narrative becomes weighed down and the pace slackens.

Something I really do want to point out is the awful editing in Beautiful Lies. Choppy and inconsistent, it spoiled many potentially humorous scenes.

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