Starring the gorgeous Audrey Tautou as Irene, Priceless is a beautiful looking French film loosely based on the stylish classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Irene makes her way in the world through other people’s money, or more specifically, other men’s money. She has expensive taste and moves between wealthy companions hoping to one day find a permanent relationship where she can have everything she wants without the inconvenience of having to start from scratch with a new man time and time again.
Looking for some company on her birthday, she meets Jean (Gad Elmaleh) a shy waiter working in a hotel, who she mistakes for a young millionaire. Soon realising her error, Irene quickly moves on while Jean is left to struggle with his strong feelings of love and sets out to do everything he can to be the man Irene is looking for.
Priceless is a pleasant enough film, and there are some genuinely witty moments as Jean is taught the art of seduction and learns the tricks of how to capture interest from the opposite sex. However, the character of Irene pushes her cruel treatment of Jean almost too far for comfort and she is far less charming than that other great manipulator of men, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Tautou looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g in this film, and so very different from her role in Amelie. However, I almost wished they’d pulled back on the sexiness of her costuming and played it more for classic style – the common theme of her costuming tended to be ‘show a lot of skin’.
A few outfits of particular interest are the grey silk dress with dramatically plunging neckline and gold rope detailing which she wears when first meeting Jean, the white dress with gold highlights worn at one of her birthday celebrations and a stunning black sequined body-hugging dress which she wears on one of her dates. Of course though, being a ‘re-imagining’ of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the movie would not be complete without the obligatory little black dress, and the one featured in Priceless is a true wonder to behold.
Priceless is a light film, without a great deal of substance, but if you’re in the mood for a little visual distraction, it may just be one to watch!