Twenty-one years after striking Oscar gold with Dangerous Liaisons
, director Stephen Frears and actress Michelle Pfeiffer re-team with screenwriter Christopher Hampton for Cheri
-- another movie about privileged, sex-obsessed French people who wear layer upon layer of fabulous clothing.
Set in the waning years of the Belle Epoque, the movie stars Pfeiffer as the wealthy Lea de Lonval, a celebrated courtesan who is approaching, we are informed, "a certain age." She has a lifelong frenemy in Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates), who also made her fortune selling herself to royalty. As the story begins, Lea enters into an affair with Cheri (Rupert Frie...