Volume 76, Number 50 | May 9 -15, 2007

Koch on film

By Ed Koch

“The Valet” (-)

Everything about this movie is ridiculous. It is cliché ridden, obvious in almost every scene, vacuous, and just plain silly. 

Stephen Holden gave it a good review in The Times. He wrote, “Francis Veber, who wrote and directed ‘The Valet,’ is a master of the modern French farce. And this film has the same tight structure and carefully plotted surprises and reversals as his earlier comedies ‘The Dinner Game’ and ‘The Closet.’ These movies are wonderfully frothy contrivances, built with traditional machinery from models that have been around for centuries.” 

I must admit that slight comedies almost always bore me, and this one was no exception. It can’t compare with “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde or the old romantic comedies starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. 

The main character in “The Valet” is a wealthy businessman, Pierre (Daniel Auteuil), who is married to Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas). Pierre is having an affair with a model who physically towers over him, Elena (Alice Taglioni). Elena insists that Pierre divorce his wife, but since Christine owns 60 percent of his business, a divorce would ruin him financially. 

Pierre and Elena are seen together and a photo of them appears in the newspaper which upsets Christine. A plot is hatched by Pierre’s lawyer, Mr. Foix (Richard Berry), claiming that the third blurred figure in the photo, Francois (Gad Elmaleh), is Elena’s actual lover.

You’ll have to see the movie to learn how it all sorts out. But trust me. If you never know how it ends, you aren’t missing a thing.

Reader Services


Email our editor

The Villager is published by Community Media LLC. 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 229-1890 | Fax: (212) 229-2790 | Advertising: 646-452-2465 | © 2007 Community Media, LLC

Written permission of the publisher must be obtained before any of the contents of this newspaper, in whole or in part, can be reproduced or redistributed.