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Léa kicks him out of her home, but makes Chéri promise to always be gentle and kind with Edmée, and to try to give her a good life. Léa does not attend the wedding, and Chéri and Edmée leave for their honeymoon.It is only after Chéri is on the train to Italy for his honeymoon that both he and Léa realise they are in love with each other.Léa tells Chéri to go back to Edmée, for their age difference would always prevent a true relationship blossoming between them. Léa stares into her mirror at her aging face, and the narrator reveals she is angry for being born two decades before Chéri.The narrator also reveals that, after a while, Chéri realises that Léa was the only woman he could ever love, and he commits suicide.
She’s never had a chance to prove her full range, because her roles have been constricted by a handicap or two.
The movie got mixed reviews: The Times of London reviewed the film favourably, describing Hampton's screenplay as a "steady flow of dry quips and acerbic one-liners" and Pfeiffer's performance as "magnetic and subtle, her worldly nonchalance a mask for vulnerability and heartache." Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times praised the "wordless scenes that catch Léa unawares, with the camera alone seeing the despair and regret that she hides from the world.
This weekend offers a choice between two beguiling films about professional lovers who lose their bearings in a gilded age that’s on the verge of ruin—one stars a 51-year-old Oscar-nominated screen siren, the other a 21-year-old hard-core porn star.
Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend, it is an adaptation of the novel Chéri by French author Colette.
The film premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.