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So me and the Mrs. watched this movie "Combien Tu m'aimes" yesterday off of our Netflix reccs. Quelle horeur! I don't know what Netflix thinks of us, but this was not a good movie. Moreover, it felt really felt like a film made to present Monica Bellucci in various stages of undress. I cannot, in any real honesty, complain about that fact. But I did think I was going to see something original. Instead I got another flick where an incredibly hot woman, for no apparent reason, falls in love with schlub. Bellucci's hotness is really amped up to ridiculous, almost magical, levels. A doctor who gives her a breast exam actually collapses and dies! 


I went and looked at the various reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film somehow has a 60 percent rating. And then when I started reading the reviews they were filled with rather forced lines of praise for the film and director Bertrand Blier. Lines like, "While lightheartedness is not a quality one readily associates with Blier..." or " For those who buy into Blier's style..." or ".may be preposterous but..." and "An unfathomable film on many levels..." One reviewer praised the film as "mostly coherent." I felt like everyone of those lines should have had a "but Monica Bellucci gets naked." after each line.

Here's an extremely unsuitable for work--or children--trailer. I think this was the first really awful French film I've seen. It doesn't even make the "trashtastic" category of, say, "Love Crime." I'm actually astounded. I think I'm falling out of love with France. Once they were all smooth-talking auteurs. Now they can't even own up to doing Skinimax. 

All kidding aside, I feel like Monica Bellucci is really good actress. But I keep seeing her an awful movies. It's kind of sad. I almost think her sex appeal is working against her--like directors see that, and just stop thinking.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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