The Unabashed Francophile Post, Part 5: Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou Cannes I have a bit of a thing for Audrey Tautou. Okay, more than a bit. I can’t quite define what it is that I like about her. She is talented and gorgeous, but there’s also an intangible something that has caught my fancy.

I, like most of the English-speaking world, first met Ms. Tautou in the film Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. The film is a fantasy Paris narrated through the eyes of the fanciful dreamer, Amélie, where clouds turn into animals, old men find their childhood toys, and she can dream of love.

The film is a delight to watch and has become one of my favourites, perfect for a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea.

But what about her other work?
Another of my favourite films is Priceless (Hors de prix), where she co-stars with Gad Elmaleh, playing a young gold-digger who mistakes a bartender for a wealthy target. It’s a charming comedy and the premise seems funnier and far more interesting in French than it might be as done by Hollywood.

She starred in the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks, though I can’t say that it is among my favourite films. I far prefer her in films such as Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite, where she plays a young woman who falls in love with a veterinarian who is a non-practicing Jew. She decides to convert, and the film is part comedy, part philosophy.

If I had to make a list, I’d recommend the following films:

  • Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite (God is Great and I Am Not)
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  • Hors de prix (Priceless)
  • Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amélie)

No matter what, if you haven’t seen a film with Audrey Tautou (excluding The Da Vinci Code), then you haven’t really had the chance to appreciate her talent. And in the meantime, I’ll go watch Priceless or Amélie and see if I can figure out just what that something is.

Link: IMdB

Blog Post Round-up: Some of my favourite links

I’ve been working on a new short story, as well as catching up on all the reading I neglected while writing my first draft. I don’t have much for a blog post today, but I wanted to post links to a few of my favourite writing-related blogs.

  • Fiction Groupie, by Roni Loren. She writes great posts on query letters, conferences she’s been to, and all sorts of great information for writers.
  • Nathan Bransford’s blog. I especially like his posts regarding ebooks and the reasons behind their pricing. The geek in me is fascinated.
  • PubRants by Kristin Nelson, of the Nelson Agency. A great place to find out information on the publishing world from an agent’s point of view. (Plus she has a great sense of humour – check out her post on the best query they ever received.)
  • Danish Accent, the blog of Danish author Peter H. Fogtdal, a witty and funny author whose posts never fail to make me giggle. Plus, his book ‘The Tsar’s Dwarf’ is excellent.

I visit most of these blogs several times weekly and I never fail to be impressed and informed. Check them out!

Music: My Lithium & Me (You Can’t Hide the Beat)

Lithium & Me - You Can't Hide BeatThanks to a few friends on Twitter and Facebook, I listened to this fantastic EP at http://www.youcanthidebeat.com/ today. It’s billed as a Valentine to David Bowie, and contains cover songs of six Bowie tunes.

1. Criminal World
2. The Man Who Sold the World
3. Lady Grinning Soul
4. Sunday
5. Always Crashing in the Same Car
6. Breaking Glass

The album art is by Rex Ray, well known in the Bowie fan community for his work with DB. (If you’re unfamiliar with the photo on the album cover, the lead singer has done an homage to Screaming Lord Byron from the ‘Blue Jean’ music video, ’84).

I strongly recommend going to listen and download this fantastic EP. Even if you’re not a Bowie fan.