Continuing on our Audrey Hepburn bend, Thing 1 and I perused “Charade” last week. So the Wikipedia explanation is lengthy, so let’s turn to IMDB for the condensed version:
“Regina Lambert (Audrey Hepburn) returns to Paris from a ski holiday in Switzerland to find that her husband has been murdered. She is later told by CIA agent Hamilton Bartholemew that Charles Lambert was one of five men who stole $250,000 in gold from the U.S. government during World War II, and the government wants it back. The money was not found among his possessions, and Regina can shed no light on its whereabouts. Later that day she is visited by Peter Joshua (Carey Grant), whom she had met briefly while on holiday. When her husband’s former partners in crime, who were double-crossed by Charles, start calling her looking for the money, Peter offers to help find it. Thus begins an elaborate charade in which nothing is what it seems to be.”
We really didn’t know what to expect other than cute outfits and cheeky one-liners. The beginning was confusing because I never wore outfits like that when I went snow skiing. It was an interesting conversation to have with Thing 1 – the gravity of divorce for that generation. Sure it was more socially acceptable, but still carried a big ol’ black mark, as indicated by the conversation.
Oh yes, this movie is rated PG and is recommended for anyone older than ten years. No swearing, a smidge of violence and a couple of non-graphic dead bodies.
The plot started twisting and turning once Reggie returned to Paris, along with the beautiful 1963 Technicolor street scenes. See?
If you haven’t seen the movie, I can’t say much because the plot twists abound! Even Thing 1 and I were leaning forward, scooching closer to the television screen, whispering our suspicions back and forth to each other. Then BOOM! Plot twist! What?! Suddenly, like an old Batman version:
Plot bunnies scurried around, crashing into each other like an Easter event gone wrong or running off different directions. No wonder people thought Alfred Hitchcock was involved!
The ending made both of us laugh out loud…so punny. But it’s a spoiler, so you won’t hear it from me. I will say that it was our favorite line from the entire film. Pull it up on Netflix! “Charade” is one you won’t regret!