Irene enjoys the good things in life – she’s a woman of leisure, a woman who can have anything she desires, just as long as she keeps her current ‘lover’ happy. Her current lover, though somewhat older than her, could be her key to future happiness as she prepares him for marriage.
But then something happens, Irene meets lowly bartender Jean, who she mistakes for a much younger millionaire, risking all she has she opts for some ‘romance’ with the younger man to see if he would be suitable for the long term, in the process stripping all of the smitten bartender’s life savings away before discovering he has nothing and dropping him like a hot coal.
Irene’s luck runs out however as her older man discovers she’s been playing around and dumps her for a younger model, in the mean time Jean has been picked up by an older – and very wealthy – woman, so Irene decides to coach Jean.
As predictable as this light-hearted romantic comedy is, it is also a delight to watch. We cringe as Jean desperately tries to buy the love of a woman whose sole interest is what he doesn’t have, then revel as dice roll in his favour, leading up to the climax of the movie where choices have to be made, hearts have to be broken and lovers have to disappear into the sunset.
Food for thought (spoilers):
Living a life of lies and compromise just to get what she wants, Irene is hardly a role model, but as Priceless shows through it’s meandering plot, true love only comes when you’re prepared to surrender everything.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Low Level Offensive Language.
Duration: 104 mins.
Genre: Foreign, French.
Director: Pierre Salvadori.
Actors: Audrey Tautou, Vernon Dobtcheff, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam.
Release Date: Available now.