‘Cheri’ Movie Review: Michelle Pfeiffer, Not Showing Her Age

In a scene in Stephen Frears’ Chéri, an aging courtesan named Lea, nude but for a sheet, is lying next to her lover. “You are so beautiful,” he murmurs. Given that Fred, whose nickname is Chéri, is 30 years her junior and has been sponging off her for six years, the compliment could be construed as part of his job description.