Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy
Bates, Rupert Friend, and
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films/Walt Disney
Director: Stephen Frears
Executive Producer: Jessica Lange, Francois
Ivernel, Cameron McCracken,
Christopher Hampton, Richard
Temple, and Simon Fawcett
Producer: Bill Kenwright
Writer: Christopher Hampton
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Based on two novels by the scandalous French writer Colette, this movie is often confusing. Cheri’s mother pawns him off on Lea, then is the one responsible for his arranged marriage to Edmee. Also, Lea is the one who pays for everything for the two lovers instead of the other way around. Thus, the character motivations are unexplained and perplexing, including the last scene between the two former lovers. Viewers have to read between the lines and attach their own meanings to the characters, but the story and plot aren’t worth the effort.
Colette was known for her affairs with both sexes, and her multiple marriages. Unlike the musical adaptation of Colette’s novel GIGI, this movie adaptation does not extol marriage. Instead, it celebrates the extravagant, immoral lifestyle of the upper class French prostitutes of its day, which was probably the actual intent of the original novelist anyway. Consequently, CHÉRI contains multiple sex scenes and brief sexual nudity. It has a very strong Romantic worldview, which tragically concludes that society back then, even the society of prostitutes, could not accept two lovers with such huge age differences between them.
Based on two novels by scandalous French writer Colette, this movie is often confusing. Viewers have to read between the lines and insert their own meanings, but the weak plot isn’t worth the effort. Unlike the musical adaptation of Colette’s novel GIGI, this movie celebrates the extravagant, immoral lifestyle of the upper class French prostitutes of the story. Consequently, it contains multiple sex scenes and brief nudity, with a very strong Romantic worldview flaunting traditional morality.