Starring: Rupert Friend, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones
Director: Stephen Frears
Studio: Miramax Films
Rating: R (For some sexual content and brief drug use.)
Release Date: June 26, 2009 (Limited)
Official Site: http://www.cheri-movie.com
Cheri is 2009 French/British/German drama film directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend, it is an adaptation of the novel by French author Colette. The film premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale begins as the ravishing Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) contemplates retirement from her renowned stature as Paris’s most envied seductress to the rich and famous. Her plans are cut short when she is approached by a former courtesan and arch rival, the barb-throwing gossip Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates), who encourages Lea to teach her disaffected 19 year-old son — a bon vivant nicknamed “Chéri” (Rupert Friend) — a thing or two about women. The resulting escapades involve power struggles over sex, money, age and society – and unexpectedly, love itself — as a boy who refuses to grow up collides with a woman who realizes she cannot stay young forever. Director Stephen Frears (“The Queen”) and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (“Atonement”) reunite (“Dangerous Liaisons”) to playfully bring Colette’s unconventional romance, CHERI, to the screen.