Friday, January 21, 2011
Priceless (Hors de Prix) -- sex and security
Director: Pierre Salvadori, 2006. (R)
Priceless is a French rom-com with an emphasis on the "French." Stylish and filled with sleek and snappy scenes on the south of France, it is saturated with sex and immoral themes that convey almost little of biblical truth. A superficial fun fling, it offers an opportunity to reflect on the truth of relationships by contrasting with the film's message.
Audrey Toutou (Amelie) stars as Irene, a beautiful gold-digger. She accompanies older men, sleeping with them in serial relationships, spending their money like water, until they catch on to her gig. Love's absence underscores lust's attraction and greed's allure.
When her current old beau gives her the boot, she hooks up with Jean in the Royal Suite for the night. But the truth comes out and after she has burned through all his money, leaving the poor boy broke and jobless, she leaves him in an instant. A year later their paths cross unexpectedly. This time he has a lover of his own, an older woman, Madeleine (Marie-Christine Adam). He is her toy-boy, a kept man, as Irene is a kept woman. Their feelings for each other cannot overcome their desires for the money found in their "sugar parents."
The Bible paints a completely different picture of relationships. God designed man to live in relationship with woman and gave them the gift of sex (Gen. 1:28). But he warned that this was to be enjoyed in the boundaries of marriage (Heb. 13:4). Sex before marriage is fornication. Sex outside of marriage is adultery. God has strong words against these (Ex. 20:14, Eph. 5:3). Sex inside marriage is endorsed and encouraged.
The purpose of keeping sex inside the marriage bed is to nurture a lasting commitment between husband and wife. Marriage offers security to both. Irene's solution to security proves temporary and false. God's solution is permanent.