n African Journal of Psychiatry - Chéri, by Stephen Frears : movie review

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Chéri is a film that deals in essence with the age-old issue of love, and more specifically forbidden love. It is a sumptuous and sensual film based on the novels Chéri and La Fin de Chéri by Colette, exploring love through the eyes and soul of Lea de Lonval (played by Michelle Pfeiffer). Lea is a well to do, upper-class 'prostitute' - albeit that Lea prefers not to be known by this title, opting rather to be seen as having a unique and lucrative 'way' with rich men that in turn secures her financial independence - so to speak. The film is set in Belle Époque Paris in the 19th century.

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