Drama, Comedy
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Amanda Sthers
Harvey Keitel as Bob Fredericks
Tim Fellingham as Michael
Violaine Gillibert as Hélène Bernard
James Foley as Sean
Sue Cann as Mandy
Tom Hughes as Steven Fredericks
Stanislas Merhar as Antoine Bernard
Michael Smiley as David Morgan
Toni Collette as Anne Fredericks
Storyline: Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.
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Sober, thoughtful and introspective for all in its audience
Diane and I just returned from a delightful, unHollyhood but strangely moving film about love, not having it but grappling to snare it again; grappling is the significant word here.

The plot is relatively straightforward: wealthy Americans in Paris; marriage souring and maid makes contact with a rich associate. Seems to be a rickety plot to string a movie script on but in the hands of a superb writer the result is a film to remember.

It is an adult movie that spins itself around a relatively minuscule plot, but the quality of the thread and the talent of the tailor accounts for the particularly excellent script.
a slow-burning comedy of inflated egos and a Cinderella dream
The comedy of manners genre uses satire to expose the rituals and affectations that pass for social politeness. Driven by witty dialogue and characterisation, it laughs at the best and worst in human behaviour. A good example is the comedy drama Madame (2017) that blends themes of race and class in a charming Cinderella tale of self-discovery.

The plot line is deceptively straightforward. Pretentious American couple Anne (Toni Collette) and Bob (Harvey Keitel) have rented an elegant manor in trendy Paris to impress their friends and clients. On the eve of a 'spare-no-expense' formal dinner a guest cancels, leaving the dinner table with an odd number of guests. Anne instructs her shy servant Maria (Rossy de Palma) to make up the number, pretend to be a Spanish lady friend, and say very little. After a few drinks, Maria becomes outgoing and is noticed by British art broker David (Michael Smiley) who is convinced she is a mysterious aristocrat. To Anne's horror they begin seeing each other despite desperate attempts to stop them.

Woven into this simple plot is a portrait of a lowly maid hoping to be loved for who she is, not what she does. Her nemesis is Anne, the wicked witch who wants to keep her in place. While Keitel and Smiley competently fill their supporting roles, the emotional energy comes entirely from the two female stars. Collette portrays scandalised with consummate bitchery as she engineers what she calls a 'slow-motion car crash' and de Palma does a heart-warming rendition of the maid who dares to hope. Brilliantly filmed in Parisian locations, its narrative twists and turns play on themes of class ritual and racial stereotype. The script is at times laboured with trite references to knowing one's place, but it is de Palma who keeps the story alive. She uses those big innocent eyes to convey how it feels to suddenly believe that someone really loves you, all while being oblivious to the masquerade into which she has been thrust. De Palma's unconventional aesthetics become a device to highlight the deeper values of kind-hearted character and the superficiality of skin-deep beauty.

This slow-burning comedy is a study of inflated egos and natural humility. Its minimal plot allows the focus to stay on the battle between primal feminine drives, one stopping at nothing to preserve the social order, the other swept up in a Cinderella dream. Not all fairy tales have conclusive endings and nor does this one. But it has enough laughter and warm-hearted moments to be worth watching despite its BYO ending.
Fails at the final third.
Rossy de Palma, Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Paris....What could go wrong? Well, the story and the ending.

The first two-thirds are hilarious and set the scene (gorgeously) then it falls off a cliff, ceases to be a comedy or even a drama, and for the last third is in search of an ending. The final is unsatisfactory in every respect. This could have been great. What happened? Did somebody snatch the script out of the hands of the author/director and insist someone else write it? Whatever, it does not work. All the actors are brilliant, the Paris is a Paris unseen in previous films. The cinematography is wonderful. The story, like the curate's egg, is good in parts, the first parts...... I was in the 2nd audience to see this at the Sydney Film Festival and the director, Amanda Sthers, gave a Q and A in a charming French accent but she stated that is the ending she wanted. But there was a lot of justification. Coulda been a contender.
In the end, this move is not what it purports to be
Spoiler alert if you are hoping to leave the cinema feeling just joy.

The movie Madame was funny at the beginning yet I was utterly disappointed at its most tragic ending. Madame has the maid Maria serve afternoon tea to the man she thought loved her for who she was and yet he ignores her, I felt so humiliated for Maria.

I could've lived with the truth coming out, and real feelings coming forth had there been some indication of the twist. My expectation of seeing a comedy is to be uplifted, sure I was uplifted, and then my emotions were slammed onto the ground like a sack of potatoes and just left there.
I saw the end differently
Collette gets complicated passive aggressive rich bitch to a tee ... Keitel is regal ... But this is Rossy de Palmas' movie ... She is just marvellous At times very funny, the film never shies away from the underlying savagery and self obsession that has to be in a character to get them and keep them in the sort of lifestyle that Anne and Bob live Michael Smiley's character starts his relationship with de Palma based on the understanding that she is prime aristocracy, but the truth may not have killed the relationship eventually Collettes character certainly tries, with a conversation that pulls away from us and we never hear what is actually said But I don't think that that was necessarily the end for them Someone mentioned Smiley's character ignoring de Palma as she serves tea and cakes to him and Collette, but the fact is he never looks at her, he is talking to Collette, he would not of imagined her being there ( unless Collette did tell him that it hadn't been a joke that she was her long time maid, but that is another story/possibility ) So when Rossy is walking away at the end, I choose to think David accidentally catches up with her and they go for lunch and maybe sort it out ... I want the happy ending :) x
I never write bad reviews, but I feel I have to comment on this one...
Well I am annoyed. Just watched the movie, and what was a pretty good film had a really crappy ending. Toni is a real hypocrite and total bitch in the movie, you really want her utter snobbery to be her undoing. Problem with trying to make a movie like French Cinema, is that it is unsatisfying for an American audience. The ending is plain bad. I gave the movie a 6/10, that seems fair to me, since it goes nowhere and the ending is just not good. Really annoys me to see a good movie end so badly. Worth watching for Harvey Keitel, but I totally hated the character Toni Collete is playing, she is without mercy and an utter snob. Ironic that she claims to be a Democrat in the movie. The Director should have delivered a better ending. Can't believe that's it.
Wonderful, incredibly funny and moving comedy drama
A modern day Cinderella story with a much more bittersweet, or perhaps open, ending.

I saw this at the Sydney Film Festival where the audience was frequently roaring with laughter, and at other times stunned into silence.

Toni Collette is absolutely wonderful as brittle American second wife Anne, who manages to be simultaneously monstrous and selfish while also vulnerable and even kind. Rossy de Palma gives a stunning performance as Maria, it's a real tour de force. The rest of the cast are all very strong, playing flawed characters that all still manage to arouse sympathy as well as frustration.

Beautiful cinematography, which manages to make Paris look familiar yet also new. Great costumes too, and a soundtrack that really works.

Highly recommended.
Oooooh ooooh ooooh Madame
"Madame" is a French English/French/Spanish-language film from this year (2017), so a really recent release and the newest work by French writer and director Amanda Sthers. The cast includes Oscar nominees Keitel and Collette (playing a married couple), but the title character is played by Almodovar regular Rossy de Palma. She is the good girl in here, a loyal housekeeper looking for and potentially finding love way outside her range of income as you may want to say so. de Palma was an interesting choice for the character and she pulled it off nicely, even if I always had the impression that villain/antagonist roles could be more suited to her. And as they obviously did not want to waste an actress like Collette (playing the exact opposite to de Palma), she got her slightly baity role and character transformation too, even if I was not really convinced by the latter. It was not Collette's fault, but really the way her character was written that left me underwhelmed at times, especially in the second half. The second half was generally weaker I would say. The first half was quite good and the only thing not working too well was maybe the fact that she really did not want her to be with the rich Irish guy. But you can explain that too with how she would not want a simple woman happier than her, that she was afraid her scam could come to light or that she just despises the low class to some extent, although that may not be true as there are brief moments in which she acts to de Palma's character like a friend.

The music during these 90 minutes is fun too and that start with the title song very early on already. Plus Asereje is just so damn catchy. As for the ending, I am not too sure. They wanted the realistic route instead of the feel-good happy ending route, but did it really feel realistic. I am not sure what it was with the family's son apparently suddenly having a romantic interest in RdP's character? Did he? It seemed this way. Or was it just intended to make us wonder why we accept Keitel's affair with old man young woman and not the other way around? Well it was because we saw Keitel's character wooing her early on, but afterward we just don't see the same with the other too, even if they apparently like each other. In any case, this modern take with some Cinderella story moments was a solid watch that included some moments that may make you laugh out loud. Greatness perhaps not achieved, but thanks to the actors, this one's certainly worth seeing for most of the characters and Joséphine de La Baume may be comfortably among the most stunning actresses I've seen all year. Go check it out if it plays near you.