Madame – Nicht die feine Art (2017)

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Madame – Nicht die feine Art: Directed by Amanda Sthers. With Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley. A rich man’s fortune cookie: “Tonight you’ll meet someone special.” He meets a maid, made aristocrat for the evening to avoid 13 at the dinner party in Paris. They spend the night together. while the hostess stalks them.

“In this almost one-woman show Amanda Sthers wrote the story, the screenplay, the adaptation (with Matthew Robbins), and directed this biting farce about wealth and values and prejudices and love etc. Largely due to a fine cast of actors this slight film works though it does wander a bit and leaves some plot lines unfinished. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAdding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob (Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel), a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess Anne discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria (Almodovar favorite actress Rossy de Palma) disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker (Michael Smiley). Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair. The subplot of art dealing is left unresolved as is the final resolution of Maria hopes for lasting love.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eToni Collette is, as usual, a pleasure to watch – all innuendoes and snappy dialog and looks that melt other characters. Rossy de Palma is terrific and the remainder of the cast lives up to the very slight story demands that never quite get off the ground (or finishes).”


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