Best Movies by Farr

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

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What's it About

This witty, surrealistic comedy of manners, tracks the constantly thwarted efforts of a group of upper-crust Parisian friends — Francois and Simone Thevenot (Frankeur and Seyrig), Simone's bibulous sister Florence (Ogier), stately Henri and Alice Senechal (Cassel and Audran), and Don Raphael (Rey), a coke-trafficking Latin American ambassador — to have a civilized dinner without interruption.

Why we love it

One of the Spanish master's funniest films, the Oscar-winning "Charm" gleefully savages the manners and mores of the upper crust, employing bizarre plotlines and fanciful farce to attack the well-heeled scions of respectable society as vain, decadent, elitist, and thoroughly amoral. Rey, Seyrig, and new wave icon Ogier head the stellar ensemble cast, with Julien Bertheau standing out as a pompous, not-so-holy bishop. Buñuel's dream-within-a-dream sequences, which involve ghosts, terrorists, and sundry other characters, are simply brilliant, and bring this sublime, extended joke to the verge of divine absurdity.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"