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A romantic-comedy bon-bon set in the Riviera

The real star of this French piffle from Pierre Salvadori is actress Audrey Tatou's back, loving displayed in a seemingly endless series of adorable backless chemises. As wispy as any of her dresses is the plot, a lightly scripted farce about a golddigger (Tatou), working the best hotels of the Riviera. After mistaking a bartender (Gad Elmaleh) for a likely prospect, she instead trains him in the fine art of being an escort. That the two should spar -- now they are in competition, and, in truth, desire each other more than their well-heeled marks -- is obvious. But Priceless achieves neither the slightly frantic, madcap tone needed to shift the contrivance into delightful entertainment, nor the sharper satirical bite to suggest a class comedy. That's a shame, because such pretty people and fabulous fabled resorts deserve more sparkle. In French, with subtitles. Manor (AH) [capsule review]

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