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Why Do Only French Actresses Have the Ability to be Mind-Shatteringly Beautiful While Still Looking Like Real People?

Now available on DVD: Meet Audrey Fleurot in the international hit The Intouchables.

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Andrew Klavan

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March 27, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Intouchables

Basically, this monster French hit is a Magic Negro movie:  you know, a warm/wise/passionate person of color brings warmth/wisdom/passion into the lives of stuffy old white folk. But it’s elevated above its shudder-inducing genre by a vastly charming script and two performances of such brilliance they would have elevated the phone book. Francois Cluzet is so unbelievably good as a quadriplegic millionaire, he brings the guy completely to life from the first scene using nothing but the expressions on his face. Omar Sy is delightful as the street tough who gets hired to help him out. And Audrey Fleurot — why is it only French actresses have the ability to be mind-shatteringly beautiful while still looking like real people? No wonder French guys never want to do any work! Anyway, it’s definitely worth watching all the way and the scene at the opera is classic. I like opera, and it still had me in stitches. Based on a true story. A real pleasure.

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Cross-posted from Klavan on the Culture

Andrew Klavan’s newest novel is Nightmare City.

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Anyone else notice that Francois Cluzet looks like Dustin Hoffman?
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They can be more feminine in manner than the average american ba!! buster.
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She looks like Amy Adams 'cept Adams is better looking. Then there's Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, as Americans and there's Eva Green and Andrea Riseborough in the UK and many more I could list.
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the answer to your headline question is "they don't".

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