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La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 28

Undeniably slight, this satiric thriller suffers from an uneven tone and a relative lack of thrills, but solid performances from the cast help keep it afloat.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 12

Undeniably slight, this satiric thriller suffers from an uneven tone and a relative lack of thrills, but solid performances from the cast help keep it afloat.

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A bodyguard hired to look after a lawyer ends up protecting the man from himself in this breezy comedy from France. Bertrand Beauvois (Fabrice Luchini) is a successful fiftysomething attorney who's hired to represent Edith Lasalle (Stéphane Audran), who has been charged with killing a man with ties to the Russian mafia. Edith's adult son, Louis (Gilles Cohen), has been warned that Russian strong-arm men may try to silence his mother and her legal team, so he hires a private security team to

Dec 15, 2009

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The Girl from Monaco is a tease.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An uncommonly shrewd and funny farce.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Luchini's trademark mannerisms, which in some films can be irritating, are here perfectly judged and appropriate. Zem confirms his growing stature as a boxoffice attraction, [and] Bourgoin does well to keep her character from veering into caricature.

July 24, 2009
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A generally entertaining piece of fluff that's kept afloat by a weathered cast including Fabrice Luchini and Roschdy Zem.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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As a solid thriller, La fille de Monaco feels like it's missed the mark.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Despite Bourgoin's dazzling presence, it's the hollow-eyed Luchini who quietly takes over the film.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Darker directions, off the beaten path.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The Girl from Monaco is so briskly plotted ( ... ) that it's easy to overlook the sharp, even feminist observations made about male friendship and sexuality.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

When, far too late in the day for us to care, they enter Hitchcock territory, the plot shift gives you the cinematic equivalent of whiplash and leaves you holding your head, wondering how on earth it happened and really rather wishing it hadn't.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

... an engaging and stylish film.

September 12, 2009 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Fontaine can't seem to decide whether she's making a dry sex farce or a slow-burn thriller, and the movie never really commits to either.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

If you think I'm being tasteless, you should see the movie.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

C'est dommage.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Luchini, who could read the phone directory and make it sound exciting, has completely nailed the soft-skinned, flabby, middle-aged lawyer who hides his hang-ups behind a barrage of verbiage.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

The film doesn't add up to much in the end, but if you like leggy, flirty blondes, dark, brooding tough-guy bodyguards and fussy middle-aged lawyers, it's entertaining.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The postman may always ring twice, but a bodyguard doesn't even have to bother to knock.

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

The French comedy-drama The Girl from Monaco demonstrates how an excess of liberté and fraternité can be hazardous to the health, especially where there is an absence of egalité.

July 10, 2009
Palo Alto Weekly

Like its protagonist, you end up with plenty to think about, puzzle over, and forget.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's not at all as disposable as it seems at first glance.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Luchini and Zern develop a nice rapport in their scenes together that helps to keep the whole enterprise afloat and Bourgoin is enough of a looker to explain why both would become so infatuated with her.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco)

A high-profile lawyer falls for a sprightly weather girl against the advice of his world-weary bodyguard.
Essentially a dramedy about the perilous line between love and sexual obsession, this film is interesting when it's not trying to be funny and funny in all the right ways. Professional critics have complained about the thriller element to this film, but though it eventually winds its way to a thriller-esque conclusion, by classifying it as a dramedy, a drama with comic elements, I found things to like. After all, the idea of a film with all the trappings of a romantic comedy but which takes its themes seriously and probably surprised even the filmmakers is refreshing in the genre.
Louise Bourgoin as the mercurial sex kitten who seduces the main character is beautiful, and her acting talents make her character's weather-like changes believable. Fabrice Luchini is also quite good; I think my favorite moment is his nearly catatonic dive into the pool.
Overall, I found the mixed elements of The Girl from Monaco satisfying and entertaining.
September 21, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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In "The Girl from Monaco," Bertrand(Fabrice Luchini) is a top criminal lawyer in Monaco to defend Edith(Stephane Audran) on charges of killing her lover. He was hired by her son Louis(Gilles Cohen) in order to stop his mother from defending herself in court, having already dismissed several lawyers. Against the possibility of retaliation by the victim's family, he has also gone to the trouble of hiring Christophe(Roschdy Zem), a bodyguard, to protect Bertrand which he thinks is foolish. That is until Christophe helps in getting rid of Helene(Jeanne Balibar), a particularly troublesome lover. After that, the two men bond but Christophe can do nothing to protect Bertrand from the charms of Audrey(Louise Bourgoin), the local weather girl.

"The Girl from Monaco" is a sexy legal drama about control. Both Bertrand and Christophe need it to be successful in their professions. Bertrand needs control over every word in the courtroom and when he seduces women. Christophe needs it over the environment to protect his clients and emotions. What they also have in common is a lack of serious involvement with women(nothing wrong with this, as long as nobody gets hurt) which is why they are so concerned about their lack of control over Audrey who is sex personified and a force of nature, if you will. She is not crazy, nor is Helene, just passionate.
July 19, 2009
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Walter M.

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Le Fille de Monaco was a mix of romantic comedy together with drama. Unfortunately, the end result was bad and there was no way to connect with the characters. Fabrice Luchini played Bertrand. an elite lawyer coming to Monaco to work a high profile case. He was assigned a bodyguard, Christophe, with whom he developed a great friendship. Then appeared Audrey, a weather forecast girl, who was way younger than Bertrand and she turned his life upside down. Luchini and Zem had good chemistry on screen and the bound they formed was interesting but never fully realized.Then the movie suddenly made an unexpected twist, which was not bad but due to lack of character development, it was difficult to believe the turns of events experienced here.
September 20, 2010
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Daisy Maduro

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