The Girl from Monaco isn't the only recent French flick to deal with murder, messy family histories and a sexy TV weathercaster.
Claude Chabrol's Girl Cut In Two beat Anne Fontaine's Girl from Monaco to the punch by a good many months. Chabrol's thriller also beats Fontaine's in terms of making any kind of emotional sense.
At best diverting, at worst an almost self-parodic compendium of French film cliches, The Girl from Monaco stars Fabrice Luchini as a legendarily successful defense attorney. His Bertrand Beauvois, exacting, erudite, has come to Monaco to defend a 70-year-old woman on trial for murder. It's a case tied up with the Russian mob, and so Bertrand has been assigned a bodyguard while in town: the serious, seriously un-chatty Christophe (Roschdy Zem).