Cheri is a dramatic film that was released in 2009. It was directed by Stephen Frears, and it was written by Christopher Hampton. The film stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Lea de Lonval. The supporting cast consists of Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones, Frances Tomelty, Anita Pallenberg, Harriet Walter, and Iben Hjejle. The film was awarded an R rating for sexual content, and its depiction of drug use.
The story opens up in the beginning of the 20th century. Lea de Lonval has been the much older mistress to Cheri for several years, and now the relationship is coming to an end. At first, Lea did not think the whole affair would last too long, but it ended lasting about six years. The beginning of the end came when Lea found out that Cheri's mother arranged for him to marry another woman, who is much younger than Cheri. Cheri does not even want to marry the other woman, but he does not even have a choice.
At this point, Cheri and Lea do not talk for a while. It is not until Cheri is going on his honeymoon with his new wife that he realizes he is still in love with Lea. Cheri's wife knows he is still in love with Lea, because he has been acting cold; he even has his mom check on Lea to see what she is up to. Lea feeds Cheri's mom false information about her happiness in a new relationship, while Cheri's mom also lies that Cheri's is really happy with his new marriage. At this point, Cheri is driven more to get Lea back, as he will stop at nothing to let Lea know that he loves her. His marriage has its highs and lows, but he will often delve into drugs when he can't stop thinking about Lea. It is up to Lea to do the right thing, and let him know that their age difference is the reason they can't be together.
- Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones, Iben Hjejle
- Stephen Frears