Critic Consensus: Madame's retrograde trappings are further weighted down by unlikable characters and an overall inability to do justice to its themes.
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as Bob Fredericks
as David Morgan
as Antoine Bernard
as Jane Millerton
as Hélène Bernard
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Yet it's ultimately hamstrung because all the characters, bar the wonkily charismatic Maria, are absolutely frightful.
It's weirdly dated, and the Pygmalion plot device and metropolitan sexiness make it look like a movie that could have come out in the mid-60s.
As for the onscreen compatibility of the two talented actors, I've seen better chemistry at a middle-school science fair.
Madame aspires to more than it delivers but the film's failure to highlight its only worthwhile character makes it feel cluttered with irrelevant and at times annoying material.
Although "Madame" ultimately lands in the plus column, one wishes this stylish comedy of manners - or lack thereof - had a better idea of where it was going and how to get there.
Audience Reviews for Madame
The Cinderella tale updated, and perhaps dipped in reality, as Rossy De Palma is not treated like a maid - she IS the maid, and has been for ten years. A dinner party opens an opportunity for love for her and no magic spells or talking animals, only her own wit and charm secure her dreams for her ... but what happens next is what makes this a topical commentary and not a storybook fantasy. Toni Collette's Wicked Stepmother is a wonder undoubtedly, but Di Palma's Cinderella will take years to be appreciated.
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