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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002K0WBXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,040 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This is one of my favorite movies and when I found this rare DVD I jump one the chance to own it. This purchase it not regretted in the least. Great movie, great transaction.
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One of my favorite movies, an escape to another time and place
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d983c48) out of 5 stars 75 reviews
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HASH(0x9d8a32ac) out of 5 stars A Haunting Story Told So Well March 25 2010
By RareRare - Published on Amazon.com
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Colette would have approved. Despite some uneven casting, "Cheri" ultimately works onscreen. Kathy Bates is terribly miscast and misdirected. Michelle Pfeiffer struggles in the beginning, but ends up breaking your heart. Surprisingly it is the newcomer Rupert Friend (real-life boyfriend of Keira Knightley) as "Cheri" who is the glue that holds the piece together. He takes the viewer on a remarkable journey through the selfish psyche of a young man lost in a world he thinks he knows all too well. He shows us the callousness of a young spoiled rascal in the milleu of the Belle Epoque of courtesans and opium. It is Cheri who keeps us guessing as to what is going to happen. Pfeiffer ruins the surprise because a third of the way through she is already playing the ending.

I argued with a friend of mine who didn't think Pfeiffer was a convincing prostitute. But in the Belle Epoque, these women were not mere mortals. Kings gave their kingdoms away for the love of such beauties. And Pfeiffer is certainly in that category. Plus she does play the dichotomy in her character: a woman who loves Cheri as both a mother and a lover.

I can tell you're interested. I'll write no more, except to say, as I always say, take a chance on love. It's well worth it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0657390) out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed Cheri Nov. 25 2009
By G. Givan - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie Cheri, based on Colette's novel, is a rich and satisfying romance. I enjoyed the fabulous costumes, and the attention to detail in the historic settings. There are fine performances by all of the actors, and of course Michelle Pfeiffer is stunningly beautiful.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dbcbd2c) out of 5 stars Grand Filmmaking With Great Stars July 7 2009
By Michael C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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A rapture of visual, audio and cinematic emotional brilliance all tied with a killer last line. What a wonder is set before the viewer when one enters the world of "Cheri".
The visual richness of this parfait of the Belle Epoch is breathtaking from the rich creamy art neuveau architecture to the gloriously realized costumes of the early 20th century. What they only indicated in "Titanic" of the same period costumes. Explodes in luxury and in a sense informs the eye to the scene at hand and seems less costume than authentic clothing.
As Cinema "Cheri" succeeds as more than an adaptation of a Collette novel but becomes a world unto it's own. Here we are presented with some of our finest female performers at the top of their game. In short I am speaking of Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates. As former courtesan rivals who are now aging friends they come together to define the last part of their lives and the beginning of Bates' son's life in a remarkable way.
Kathy Bates goes deep into the complexities of her mix of comedy and nuanced drama in the same way she did with Annie Wilkes. Not to say that the characters of Annie and Madame Peloux are anything alike. But Miss Bates takes this role to a superior level while all the while not letting you see her do her magic. She is just THERE! The scene where her face decays from a radioactively sunny laugh to reveal her true deepest disgust her spoiled soul is priceless.
Then there is Michelle Pfeiffer as Lea de Lonval, at fifty one she may be older that the literary Lea but she has never been more luminous or nearly goddess like. To look at her is to look upon a woman of a certain age that is ageless in her embrace of times changing hands upon her face. But there is more. This may be the pinnacle of her career, the role of her lifetime. She is Lea in so many levels both within her acting and in a sense as an actress. She is stunning and brings forth the soul of a great character as only our finest actors can.
But all of this would seem a delightful trifle, a light story of an aging courtesan and her young lover if it were not for the narration that gives the film added depth and gravitas. I asked a friend today what he thought of the final outcome of the story. Of what the narrator reveals of what became of Cheri. He tossed it off lightly and said that it seemed an after thought. He could not have been more wrong. He missed the whole point of the film. The last lines of the film that tell us of the ultimate fate of Lea and Cheri are what give this film an emotional strength, irony, and ultimately heart wrenching tragedy. It is the final twist set into a stunning jewel of a film that is as captivating and spellbinding as Lea's mysterious emerald ring.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e773c90) out of 5 stars True to the spirit of Collette Aug. 15 2012
By Promise - Published on Amazon.com
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It's been a long time since I've read any of Collette's novels but I remember enough to know that this movie was not going to be a thigh-slapper. The film captures the terribly bittersweet feeling of love found and lost that Collette seemed to know so well. Here we have an aging but still beautiful courtesan who has made it this far in life without letting herself slip into the pitfall of actually falling in love. She's about to retire and relishes being able to sleep alone in her lovely satin sheets. Then...ooops, just when she's having an innocent fling she goes an actually does it. This time it's with a young man who must be less than half her age. The impossibility of their relationship makes their affair terribly poignant. You know that it can't go anywhere but you want it too, just as they do.

Michelle Pfeiffer looks very good as the courtesan but I had a hard time with her voice. Her American accent kept coming through and her deliberately mannered way of speaking seemed terribly artificial. Still she is a compelling actress and after a while her grenuine emotions seemed to overtake her initial speech clumsiness. Rupert Friend was perfectly cast as Cheri, the young fellow she falls for. He is impossibly handsome and thoroughly convincing as the spoiled, arrogant but charming man-child. As callow as he seems to be at first, his genuine feelings for her come through. It's a fine performance and the two of them looked very good together. They made the affair absolutely credible in spite of the age difference. Kathy Bates is good, too, in her role as the fellow's mother.

The costumes and sets are delicious and add a great deal to the enjoyment of the film.

This is a film about the times, la Belle Epoque, its pleasures and pains....very well told. It's interesting, that the narrator tells us, at the end, how the First World War brought an end to that time and how Cheri eventually ended his life.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e772c24) out of 5 stars Not bad but too skinny!!! Sept. 25 2009
By Mr. Bernie Tinirau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
After all the critical acclaim this movie received i was looking forward to see this movie.
The story was quite good,the acting too,the music was particularly nice also.
Michelle Pfeiffer is beautiful but unfortunately i thought that she looked painfully thin and the dresses she wore seemed to just hang on her ,women in that era were quite plump and i just did not see her as a believable courtisane.
Cathy Bates was miscast in this role i feel.She was badly overacting and i think they should have used an english actress to play the part, maybe Emma Thomson or Miranda Richardson.
Rupert Friend was good and believable in the part and i see a great future for him at the movies.
Don't get me wrong it wasn't unpleasant but but it could have been so much better.

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