Period dramas are the types of movie that you do if you are Keira Knightly or if you want to be taken seriously as a candidate for a movie award.  Some of them are genuinely good, but the vast majority of them are just an excuse for people to dress up in poncey outfits and talk strange.  Now a new period drama I don’t remember hearing about at all is ready for you to bring home, even though it falls into the second category mentioned above.

Starting this October 20th, now available on DVD from Pathe Film and Miramax Films comes a story about old women, sex and Paris way back before any of us were even alive.  Cheri is ready to come prancing our of your television screen and fill your living room with stories about rivalries between old whores and what life was like before the Germans rolled into France the first time.  Bring home this period drama today!

It’s Paris and the First World War, or the Great War, has not yet begun.  It is a time of decadence and slovenly culture in this city of lights.  Two old courtesans who have made their livings giving carnal delights to the rich and powerful are in their last years of business and are both contemplating retiring.  Lea is beautiful and struggles with the idea that she is old now, but jumps at the chance to teach her rival’s son, Cheri, all about women.  He is lazy and she is driven and both are hung up on not acting their age.  What will happen as these two venture into life and maybe even fall in love?

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted scenes that did not make the final cut and a look behind the scenes at the making of this movie.

I do not like Michelle Pfeiffer as an actor and I really do not like Rupert Friend as an actor.  I begrudgingly give my respect to Kathy Bates, but that’s mainly because she scared the life out of me with her role in Misery.  Yet none of them are very good in this movie.  I can normally tolerate a slow movie if there is some great dramatic rising action and if the climax of the film was worth waiting for.  But all they do in this move is look strange and prance about dressed in their funny whore clothes.  I was not moved in the least.  I felt no sense of wonder, as though I had been transported to another time and place.  Rather, all I felt was a sense of disgust and annoyance that I had chosen to watch this movie to begin with.  It’s been rumored lately that Miramax Films is being effectively shut down as a studio.  If this is the type of art they would desire to put out, I say good riddance to that.

Cheri is to be tolerated more than cherished.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet
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