- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 5, 2002
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 1989 -
Rolling Stone - 03/22/1990
"...Cheerfully perverse....Spiked with wit and malice..."
New York Times - 09/22/1989
"...An exceptionally rich romantic comedy....The dark other side of [this] kind of classic bedroom farce..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/13/1990
"...Blier is probably the most original comic talent to come along in the movies in the past decade or so..."
A handsome car salesman finds himself forced to re-think everything he desired in life when a plain, somewhat overweight woman comes to work at his office and he begins the most satisfying relationship he has known - at the expense of his exquisitely beautiful but arrogant wife.
Bernard Barthélémy seems to have it all: a steady job, a stunningly beautiful wife and a nice home; in fact, he's the envy of all his friends. But oddly enough, Bernard finds that he is not truly fulfilled by either his marriage or his work. So what does he do' He tries to shake up his life by having an affair with Colette, a dowdy temporary secretary in his employ -- and the two fall hopelessly in love. Bernard is suddenly a happy man, but, if he isn't careful, he may just lose everything he's got.
Black Comedy |
- Bertrand Blier was born in Paris, on March 14, 1939. He got his start working as an assistant to John Berry, Jean Delannoy and Christian-Jacques. Later he made several "cinema verité"-style films including "Hitler'...Connais Pas!," a feature about young adults, made in 1962. Bertrand's first fiction picture was "If I Were a Spy."
- The director-screenwriter was recognized internationally in 1974 when he made "Going Places," which featured Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere.
- Actor Gérard Depardieu has starred in many of Blier's films including "Calmos" (1975) "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" (1977) "Buffet Froid," "Going Places" and "Ménage/Tenue de Soirée" in which he played a gay man. "Too Beautiful For You" is Depardieu's sixth Blier picture.
- Shot in Panavision, color by Technicolor and Eastmancolor.
- Shared the Special Grand Jury Prize at Cannes with "Cinema Paradiso."