One of my favourite films is Chéri (2009). Visually, it is a masterpiece; each scene glows in the way of a painting by Monet or Renoir, its soft palette throwing a dreamlike veil over the mise-en-scène. The fluidity and drapery in the costuming of Léa (Michelle Pfeiffer) is reminiscent of a sensual and ethereal Mucha poster. The patchy, dancing light and soft textures seem to have waltzed right out of Renoir's Le Moulin de la Galette.
1&2. Exemplars of art nouveau design: the wrought iron railing, curved and fluid nature of the arch, pastel hues of Lea's dress. This archway reminds me of Gaudi's work, especially the Casa Batlló
5. Looks to have walked out of a Monet painting, complete with dancing sunlight and soft brushstrokes
7. Can't keep my eyes off the lush texture of the fur sofa, which contrast beautifully with the metallic sheen of the tea ware
Chéri is based on the novel of the same title by French writer Colette, first published in 1920. It is set during La Belle Epoque in pre-war, fin de siecle Paris and its faubourgs. The lavish lifestyle and tortured emotions of an aging courtesan who discovers love too late, after leading a life of pretence, is perfectly set amongst a backdrop of sumptuous art nouveau furniture and buildings.
Ahh to have a sun-room such as this... one day...
A decadent film that makes a delightful feast for the eyes.