Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of the Larrabee’s chauffeur. She’s been in love with the youngest of the family, David Larrabee (William Holden), for her entire life, but he was far too busy with his rich, carefree playboy affairs to notice her. One day, she leaves for Paris to have cooking lessons. When she returns, all grown-up and sophisticated, it’s no longer just David who notices her, but is older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) as well.
It may look that way, but Sabrina is not just another cinderella story: the ending we envision in the first place may very well be the right one, but Wilder’s constant twists and turns towards the end are bound to keep us on our feet. To confuse us even further are Bogart, Hepburn and Holden, and they do a splendid job at it, too. William Holden is the perfect blend of prince charming and devilish boy, for whom we constantly fall in and out of love; dressed by Edith Head ( won the Oscar for Best Costume Design), Audrey Hepburn lights up the screen with her usual femininity and sweetness, which has made her some of the most pleasant stars to watch; and despite not being Wilder’s first choice and not being completely confortable with his role, Humphrey Bogart is swell in a comedy setting. His character is the one that evolves the most throughout, starting as the serious workaholic with a much too busy agenda, and ending up as… well, you’ll see.
Though not Wilder’s most cited piece, Sabrina remains an entertaining movie with just enough creativity and plenty of charm, as well as a set of talented actors to take it to its full potential.
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