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, Daniela's pimp, curious friends and the possibility of love. Monica Bellucci is, as always, splendid, yet even she looked bored in this film. She was horribly mismatched with Bernard Campan and even Depardieu delivered inferior work. The problem is that the characters were underdeveloped and all over the place in their emotions, their stories and their desires. In fact, the viewer is at an equal disadvantage; we do not know what is going on, and it's not even funny!
The dialogue is dry and melodramatic and soon turns into an ode to Bellucci's character ("she is a nuclear bomb" "she is a beautiful woman", etc...). I understand that Bellucci is God's gift to men, but this movie's dialogue was more like an ode written by the director for Bellucci. Yet, with all the beauty and stellar acting, not even Bellucci can save this disastrous movie.
This movie started out a bit film noir, then became a romantic comedy, then a gagster movie and then theater, throwing a bit of alternate states/frames of mind at the end. Not cohesive, main characters failed at chemistry and the movie is too into itself to let the viewer in. The 3 stars? All for Bellucci and for her alone.
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 … more
"How Much Do You Love Me?" 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 … more
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.