Audrey Tautou has become an iconic face for modern French cinema, almost to the extent that Catherine Deneuve was in the ‘60s. Her mere presence in a film is enough to evoke interest from those with even the mildest curiosity for world cinema. Beautiful Lies once again reunites Tautou with director Pierre Salvadori (Priceless) for what on the surface appears to be another slice of delightfully whimsical French comedy.
30-year-old Emilie (Audrey Tautou) runs a stylish salon in her idyllic home town in the south of France. She has a relatively peaceful life; however, she’s beginning to have some concerns regarding her mother, Maddy, who has so far failed to recover from her husband leaving four years ago. Maddy has developed a mild form of agoraphobia, unable to connect with anyone on an emotional level due to the hurt inflicted by this marital betrayal. Emilie is aware that her father has now moved on and is about to have a child with his young fiancée, a woman much younger than Emilie. With his desire to finalise his divorce, Emilie knows that the clock is ticking and must find a way to restore her mother’s lust for life before this devastating news is broken. A solution presents itself in the form of a random declaration of love, anonymously signed, and delivered to her desk one morning.