Thursday, May 25, 2006

Sorry...it can't be helped


"Honey, I'm leaving you for Audrey Tautou."

I'm giving ample warning to any woman I might get involved with. I'm really sorry and it would make me feel bad for awhile, but I would run off to marry Audrey Tautou in a minute.

No wait, that's not entirely true. I wouldn't wait that long.

Ever since seeing an 'Amelie' poster on Daniel's wall in Munich, I was mesmerized by those eyes. The poster was everywhere in the city that year, because the movie was everywhere. I hadn't even heard of it, but it was the rage in Europe. Steffi and I thought about seeing it, but the thought of seeing a French film with German subtitles seemed like a lot of work and although the English language theatre was showing it, the lines seemed eternal.

Anyway, I got back home and it made it's way to the States. I was at the theatre the first chance I got.

Captivated. Enamored. I became a fan of Audrey Tautou - complete with a framed 'Amelie' movie poster on the wall.

For me, the movie strikes a lot of chords. Not only does the movie sing for me, but it never fails to bring up a layer of subtext of my time in Germany with Steffi. The bittersweetness of that mixes well with the movie. Stephanie might be the one person I wouldn't have left for Audrey Tautou.

Over the last few years, I've seen pretty much everything Audrey Tautou has done. Some, like 'Venus Beauty Academy' I could have maybe missed. Even that wasn't too bad though, and was worth the glimpses of Audrey. I liked 'Happenstance', 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not', 'L'Auberge Espagnole' and 'Dirty Pretty Things.'

'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not' has one of the most interesting premises that I've seen in a long time. Definitely worth seeing.

'A Very Long Engagement' is another one worth taking the time for. She creates yet another memorable character in it. Her range is awesome.

Now it's 'DaVinci Code'. I sort of enjoyed the movie. Not at all as bad as the critics have said. It is what it is - an entertaining film based on an entertaining book. It's perhaps not a real memorable performance for either her or her co-star Tom Hanks, but overall it's pretty good. Check out Laura's take on it if you want to know more.

I don't know what else to tell you. She stands 5'4", has a rapturous smile and was born in 1978. Her dark eyes melt me and she's French which automatically moves her up the scale a few notches - not that she needs any help there.

Anyway, you've been warned. I would have left you for that other Audrey too - you know, Audrey Hepburn. But since that didn't happen, that only leaves you Tautou to worry about.

18 comments:

Laura said...

She is adorable, I'll give you that. Thanks for the shout. That's exactly what I thought about the movie. It was decent. Not the Best.Movie.Ever, but decent. Worth seeing if the subject matter interests you.

thephoenixnyc said...

She is HAWT!!!

The perfect looking Frenchwoman and oh so Audrey Hepburnesque.

The Zombieslayer said...

I'm in love with her too. I don't see how anyone can't be in love with her after seeing Amelie. By the way, that was done by Jeunet, right? I loved his stuff with Caro, mainly City of Lost Children and Delicatessen. But back to the subject...

I've been waiting for forever for someone to say whether or not He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not was any good. Now that the great Shawn has given a mighty thumbs up, I'll go see it.

Oh, as much as I've made fun of the French in the past, I'm crazy about their women. Audrey's got the best eyes and a wonderful body. Just don't tell Mrs. Z I told you I'm in love with Ms Tautou. ;)

Shawn said...

ZS - My lips are sealed, but I can't speak for the dude from Dallas who found my blog with a Google search for 'Penelope Cruz cold sores'... I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing he might be a talker.

I would be interested to hear your take on 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not' if you see it. No one ever wants to talk movies with me. ***cue sad violin music***

By the way, I saw a girl who looked like a cross between Audrey Tautou and Marissa Tomei. I almost passed out.

Kate said...

I've always loved her smile. She has such a an air of quiet mischief!

tshsmom said...

She does remind me of Audrey Hepburn.
Laura was right; you guys ARE drooling over this girl.
The only thing I find interesting about her is that she's my daughter's age. Sorry guys. ;)

Laura said...

TSHSMOM: YEah, she DOES look like Audrey Hepburn now that you mentionn it... interesting.

Miranda said...

Her picture always stands out on movie covers, but I confess I've yet to see any of her movies.

I haven't read or seen the Da Vinci code, though I suspect most of the controversy is unfounded. Eventually I'll at least read the book.

*Passes you some tea* No sad stories. :(

BadlyDrawnBoy said...

she just rules!

Shawn said...

Bdboy - I might be willing to trade Audrey for Laetitia Casta... You would have to catch me on the right day and I would have a tough choice on my hands.

Josh said...

Oh, man. Only you can make being straight so gay.

Sadie Lou said...

It's those giant, soulsearching, brown eyes...
I loved her quirky-ness in Amelie and like Zombie said, I wasn't sure about He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not but I'll give it go now.

BadlyDrawnBoy said...

Laetitia Casta;

Long time no see

I think she has her own family, kids and staff

Audrey, i hear, is engaged to an american writer, photographer or something like that.

I see you have a liking for French women - who doesn't. Then i suppose you are not a Bush supporter.

Shawn said...

Yes, I definitely have a thing for French women, and Russian, German, English...okay, all women.

And, no, I'm not a Bush supporter.

joanne said...

It's not realistic that someone as beautiful and interesting as her character in Amelie would have to go to such great lengths to find a boyfriend. Does anyone else over analyze these things the way I do?

The Zombieslayer said...

Shawn - Laetitia Casta has one of the best bodies ever. She has great hair, a nice face, but awful gums. The camera people tell her not to smile. If you ever saw her true smile, you'll see why.

I used to be in love with Ms Casta, but I'll take Ms Tautou over Ms Casta now. Not saying that Ms Casta won't be in the anti-zombie compound when the zombies come. I just won't be telling her any funny jokes.

Jes said...

I've loved her longer, and I'll fight you for her!

Shawn said...

Jes - You may have loved her longer, but I love her more...

But, I'm willing to let her decide:)