As you may have gathered from my recent review of Delicacy, I love Audrey Tautou. I am a long-time defender of her career as she is often wrongfully labelled as a typecast actress. Sure, she has starred in more romantic comedies than you’ve had hot croissants (unless you aren’t a big eater of hot croissants, in which case I don’t care what you think) but that doesn’t mean she plays the same role over and over.
Realizing that I haven’t watched as many Audrey Tautou films as I thought I had (but enough to know that she is one diverse lady) and finally getting fed up of seeing “if you liked Amelie, you’ll love this!” on anything to do with a Tautou film, I have decided to join Mild Concern editor, Tim’s “Body Of Work” quests and review as many Tautou’s films as I can get my hands on.
Although my initial reasons for reviewing Tautou’s catalogue of work were a tad cynical – I mean, who dedicates potentially millions of hours of their time to reviewing, just to prove a point to no one? – the undertaking of this effort is still more an act of love than one of smarm and I look forward to all the varied and probably-gorgeous films ahead.
Sadly not all of Audrey Tautou’s work is available to us here in the UK (I love the lady, but not enough to pay premium for imported DVDs whilst I am on the breadline!) so below is the list of films I will be reviewing in chronological order over the coming months courtesy of my own DVD collection, borrowing from others and Lovefilm:
Venus Beauty | Vénus beauté (institut)
Happenstance | Le Battement d’ailes du papillon
Amélie | Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
God Is Great and I Am Not | Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite
He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not | À la folie… pas du tout
Pot Luck | L’Auberge espagnole
Dirty Pretty Things
A Very Long Engagement | Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Russian Dolls – Pot Luck 2 | Les Poupées russes
Hunting And Gathering | Ensemble, c’est tout (2006)
The Da Vinci Code | Ron Howard’s The Adventures Of Tom Hanks & Audrey Tautou
Priceless | Hors de prix
Coco Before Chanel |Coco avant Chanel
Beautiful Lies | De vrais mensonges
Finally, if you’re reading this Audrey, I look forward to a scented letter of appreciation for this endeavour and I await your invitation to a romantic evening together.