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April 24 2014

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The Return Of Chéri

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The Cougar premieres on TV Land tomorrow, but I’ll be watching the calendar pages instead in anticipation of the U.S. release of Stephen Frears’ Chéri, based on the 1920 novel by Colette (the famous French writer, not the store). The film, which had its Paris debut last week, stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Léa, a courtesan having an affair with a much younger man, Chéri, played by the pale, mop-headed, and altogether irresistible Rupert Friend, and the stills promise romantic turn-of-the-century costumes and lavish interiors to get lost in. Perhaps Chéri was the subconscious inspiration for bibliophile Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring accessories lookbook for Chanel—featuring Jerry Hall and Baptiste Giabiconi. Be that the case or not, older woman/younger man romances seem to be hotter than Balmain jackets.

Photo: Courtesy of Cheri

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