Audrey Tautou became an international sweetheart after the surprise success of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s whimsical hit ‘Amelie’. In recent years she’s risen from ingenue to award-winning starlet, and remains a favourite amongst directors and audiences alike.
Tune in this August as World Movies celebrates some of Tautou’s finest performances over three nights. There’s the Australian television premiere of Delicacy, which follows a recent widow (Tautou) and her reintroduction to love via an unexpected source. We have the World Movies premiere of Dirty Pretty Things, a thriller about two illegal immigrants in London, as well as her famed performance in the charming comedy of errors Beautiful Lies
Tuesday 13 August 8.30pm
Dirty Pretty Things (United Kingdom, 2002) – Channel Premiere
Undocumented immigrants Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel and live in constant fear of deportation. The hotel is run by Senor Sneaky and is the sort of place where dirty business like drug dealing and prostitution takes place. However, when Okwe finds a human heart in one of the toilets, he uncovers something far more sinister than just a common crime.
Wednesday 14 August 8.30pm
Beautiful Lies (France, 2010)
This delightful French comedy follows the antics of well-meaning hairdresser Emilie, played by Audrey Tautou (Amélie). While she happily provides an endless stream of advice to her clients and friends, the only person she can’t seem to help is her mother, Maddy, who has wallowed in sadness since her husband left her for a younger woman. Meanwhile a young man called Jean is secretly in love in Emilie, but can only express it through his anonymously written love letters. He is soon drawn into Emilie’s life, when she uses his anonymous words to reignite her mother’s joie de vivre.
Thursday 15 August 8.30pm
Delicacy (France, 2011) – Australian Television Premiere
Natalie (Audrey Tautou) isn’t certain of anything anymore. One minute she is happily married, successful in her career and convinced the future is full of promise. But then a tragic accident occurs and her whole world is turned upside down. Years later, still bruised by grief, she impulsively kisses her colleague Markus (comedian Francois Damiens). For Natalie, it is just a kiss. For the awkward, unassuming Markus, it is the moment in which he falls hopelessly in love. But how will he ever convince such a beautiful yet confused young woman that he is the man who can bring her back to life?