Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|How Much Do You Love Me|
Actors: Monica Belluci, Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Campan
Director: Bertrand Blier
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
In this gleeful, bawdy sex comedy, Francois, a balding, downtrodden office worker tells the gorgeous prostitute, Daniela (Monica Bellucci), that he's won the lottery and invites her home to spend his money. The ensuing neg... more »
Sultry Monica at her best!
Derek | Pittsburgh, USA | 12/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Checklist...Monica Bellucci main role (check), Monica intense kissing scene (check), Monica as a call girl (check), Monica nude (check), Monica sex scene (check), Monica in bed (check), Monica bellissima (check), Monica in Italian (check), Monica in French (check), Monica in love (check)...10/10
No seriously this is a interesting film where a man tries to buy Monica, and convince her to leave her life as a parisan escort and fall in love with him. It got its funny moments & intense moments,...needless to say the pimp boss doesn't like the idea...lol. Would you? One of Monica's newer film releases. I seen available versions in French, Italian & Spanish. I bought this while in Italia last year, the Italian version was called "Per Sesso o Per Amore"..simply translated "For Sex or For Love""
Keith W. Harvey | Dallas, Texas USA | 04/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you see a Blier film, without being told it is Blier film, you will recognize it immediately. His cinematic vocabulary and his themes are unique. You know you will see a film about the struggle of men and women on a very fundamental level, usually played out in the bedroom. You know there will be beautiful women with semi-cretinous men, sporting half nude throughout the film. You know the men will have a buddy and that the buddy will have to share the woman in some way.
Blier is an auteur and a bit of a poet. You must view his films like a canvas or a poem. You cannot simply sit back and let the story unfold.
Blier is fascinated with sexual politics. He wants to study the shifts in power in the struggle of a couple. He is not a prude nor is he a moralist. He sees the male-female relationship as a power stuggle-the greater the struggle, the greater the passion.
Blier is a fetishist. He likes to linger on breasts, legs, hair, and coupling couples.
Blier is shocking and profane; he is also aware of the human comedy and comedic side of love and romance.
I find his movies entertaining and authentic, unique and disturbing. He is not for everyone.
Monica Bellucci is reason enough to see this film.
G. Merritt | Boulder, CO | 08/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Monica Bellucci (Irreversible; The Passion of the Christ) saves this 2005 French film whenever it teeters on the edge of disaster. Written and directed by Bertrand Blier, How Much Do You Love Me? (Combien tu m'aimes?) stars Bellucci, Bernard Campan, and Gérard Depardieu in an unlikely romantic comedy that tells the off-center story of a lonely Paris office clerk, François (Campan), who goes to a "hooker bar" in Pigalle to offer a beautiful prostitute, Daniela (Bellucci), 100,000 Euros a month to live with him until his money runs out. To get her attention, François tells Daniela he has just won the lottery and has millions to spend on her. After staying with him for eight days, Daniela loses interest and decides to return to her her pimp "husband," Charly (Depardieu), mostly because he has "a big one." However, she continues to think about François, who made her feel modest again.
Monica Bellucci melts the screen with her stunning physical charms. This movie is at its best when the camera is fixed on her, even when Bellucci is only taking off her shoes. This is a minor but colorful French film, and Monica Bellucci makes it easy to forgive this film for its many faults.
This is more an ode to Bellucci than a movie
C. Merced | Stamford, CT and sometimes in Puerto Rico | 05/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie didn't know what it wanted to be, a romantic comedy, or a gangster movie perhaps? Maybe it just wanted to emulate theater and opera...The thing is, it just didn't work. The movie, and the characters, were all over the place.
The story is ... very "Pretty Woman" with a twist. An office clerk tells a prostitute, Daniela (Bellucci), that he just won the lottery and he will pay her each month for living with him. Throw into the mix that he apparently has a weak heart, Daniela's pimp, curious friends and the possibility of love. Monica Bellucci is, as always, splendid, yet even she looked bored in this film. She was horribly mismatched with Bernard Campan and even Depardieu delivered inferior work. The problem is that the characters were underdeveloped and all over the place in their emotions, their stories and their desires. In fact, the viewer is at an equal disadvantage; we do not know what is going on, and it's not even funny!
The dialogue is dry and melodramatic and soon turns into an ode to Bellucci's character ("she is a nuclear bomb" "she is a beautiful woman", etc...). I understand that Bellucci is God's gift to men, but this movie's dialogue was more like an ode written by the director for Bellucci. Yet, with all the beauty and stellar acting, not even Bellucci can save this disastrous movie.
This movie started out a bit film noir, then became a romantic comedy, then a gagster movie and then theater, throwing a bit of alternate states/frames of mind at the end. Not cohesive, main characters failed at chemistry and the movie is too into itself to let the viewer in. The 3 stars? All for Bellucci and for her alone."