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Audrey Tautou: an apology

Friday 29 May 2009, 12:00

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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When recalling The Da Vinci Code in my review of Angels and Demons, some of you felt my comments about the star of that earier film, as well as such works as Amelie, Lost Seamen, and Priceless, was not entirely appropriate. Please allow me to take this opportunity to clarify my position.

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    Comment number 1.

    It seems somewhat ridiculous to level this criticism at Audrey Tautou. She is a wonderful actress and for once Dr K, your opinion is way off.

    If indeed, as you claim, you have returned to some of her earlier work, how could you have failed to miss such moving performances in the films, 'A Very Long Engagement', 'The Beating of the Butterfly's Wings' and 'Pot Luck'? Shame on you. You have really dropped the ball on this one.

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    You didn't like Amelie? Even I thought that was okay, and I'm highly skeptical of quirksome films.

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    A Very Long Engagement was pants!

    I'll give her pass on her acting ability mainly because she's very pretty.

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    Comment number 4.

    i actually enjoyed Amelie, but the blog made me laugh out loud, so thanks for that!

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    Comment number 5.

    I watched The DC the other day, (Im a total rubber-necker when it comes to films, I have to watch the bad ones) and I have to agree with the Doc on this one, there was not one saving grace about this film and that includes Tautou's weak and lacklustre performance. What I don't understand though, is why they didn't get Keanu Reeves to play the male lead role because he acts with exactly the same amount of depth that Dan Brown writes with. Hanks comes across as a loveable average American businessman who believes in love at first sight and trusts the goodness of man, and thats far too much character for the film, send Hanks back to the middle of the road RomCom and let Keanu Reeves do what he does best (i.e. standing still looking like a cardboard cut out and delivering his lines as if hes reading them off cue cards.)


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