It is hard to resist watching a romantic-comedy set in an European summer, that too along the Mediterranean coast. In De vrais mensonges (Beautiful Lies), popular French actress Audrey Tautou is a hairdresser who is watching her separated mom slip into depression. Sami Bouajila, the help at her salon is besotted with Audrey and sends her an anonymous love letter. She redirects that letter to her mom through Sami in a bid to cheer her up. A love triangle takes shape when her mom pursues Sami, believing him to be her secret lover, while Audrey starts to have feelings for him.
Petite Audrey is sickly thin in De vrais mensonges, I hope she is keeping well. She is pretty unremarkable here, with Nathalie Baye (her mom) grabbing all the sunshine. The fairly predictable plot has a few nice surprises, but is a bit too long. This is a fun movie to watch once, if not for the story then just for enjoying sun dresses in Sun-soaked Southern France. 😊