Friday, May 08, 2009

The Faces of Chanel N°5

Catherine Deneuve in a Chanel No.5 ad

The new Chanel No.5 commercial with Audrey Tautou starring in it (you can watch it on You Tube here) has its good points: set in breathtaking locations, it's slow-moving and visually beautiful albeit slightly creepy due to the stalkerish stranger theme, crescendoing with a Billie Holiday song in the background and all coming to some kind of happy ending. However, the cute and delicate star (whose films I have yet to see) doesn't have a single thing to say except a breathlessly whispered "Chanel No.5" at the end, and she remains in my eyes this quiet, passive little girl-woman, the type I grew up being told nice Japanese girls ought to behave. Clearly, the director is the star of this show, and there must be people who appreciate her unassuming girl-next-door style and ability to not get in the way. But she is charming in her own doe-eyed Lolita-esque way and can now enjoy the ranks of beautiful Chanel No.5 women: Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Nicole Kidman and Estella Warren.

Audrey Tautou