Most romantic film #31: Cheri (2009)

An adaptation of the book by Colette, this film tells the love story between Cheri, a twenty-something man, and Lea, a forty-something courtesan.

Michelle Pfeiffer plays Lea, and Rupert Friend plays Cheri.

The style of the film is delightful: costumes, interiors, and exteriors. The period is Belle Epoque and the setting is Paris: how could it not be delightful? Although the film received mixed reviews, I found it touching and delightful, a story about two people who are “conventionally” wrong for each other — not only because Lea is a courtesan, but because of the age difference betwen her and Cheri.

The ending is sad, I warn you, but the genuine relationship and charm of the central love story is definitely worth seeing.


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