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Art House & International movie directed by Bertrand Blier

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Winning the Lottery

  • Dec 9, 2007
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Winning the Lottery

Amos Lassen

Francois, a clerk in Paris, wins the lottery in Strand Releasing's "How Much Do You Love Me?" With his winnings he walks into a bar in Pigalle and offers Daniela, a prostitute, a hundred thousand Euros a month to live with him until the money runs out. He is lonely and has problems with his heart and Daniela stays with him for eight days because she is nothing but a whore.
The movie examines love or at least, what most of us think love is. Beautifully photographed, the film has the feel of melancholy but it is the characters that give the movie its style--we have an average Joe (Bernard Campan) buying the woman he desires and a woman (Monica Bellucci) who sells her body for no other reason than she wants to. She has a husband, Charly (Gerard Depardieu), a gangster, who indulges her desires. In this romantic comedy, we get a lot of laughter. The movie shows us how one man deals with his loneliness. There are a lot of jokes about sex but there is no visible sex on the screen--it is all inferred. The movie itself is somewhat strange and the ending is open.
I felt the movie had a definite sexist overtone, especially with the over usage of the word "whore". It is the men that prevail in this film. But the movie is light and Monica Bellucci is gorgeous--she is a fine actress and beautiful to look at. Her body and her eyes mesmerize but even with that, she cannot save this piece of fluff. This could have been a wonderful film if the script had been a little tighter. As it is now, it is only enjoyable. It could have been so much more.

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review by . January 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Just not a good film. Blier has made some excellent films, Preparer Vos Mouchoirs, Mon Pere, La Femme de Mon Pote...; this film is not in that category at all.     The first half hour has some interesting editing, some playing with timeline, lighting, sound, viewpoint... and then it just falls apart into standard melodrama. Yes Monica Belluci is a beautiful woman, there is no denying that. Those of you that are her fans, will not be deterred from this film. And those other 5 …
review by . May 14, 2008
This movie didn't know what it wanted to be, a romantic comedy, or a gangster movie perhaps? Maybe it just wanted to emulate theater and opera...The thing is, it just didn't work. The movie, and the characters, were all over the place.     The story is ... very "Pretty Woman" with a twist. An office clerk tells a prostitute, Daniela (Bellucci), that he just won the lottery and he will pay her each month for living with him. Throw into the mix that he apparently has a weak heart, …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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In this gleeful, bawdy sex comedy, Francois, a balding, downtrodden office worker tells the gorgeous prostitute, Daniela (Monica Bellucci), that he's won the lottery and invites her home to spend his money. The ensuing negotiations of cat-and-mouse are played out with verve and wit by both, and by a supporting cast of vicariously engaged friends and neighbors, including Gerard Depardieu as Monica Bellucci's bedraggled mobster boyfriend, Charly.
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Director: Bertrand Blier
Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
Runtime: 95 minutes
Studio: Strand Releasing
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