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Après Vous (2003)

Après vous... (original title)
Antoine (Auteuil) saves Louis (Garcia) from hanging himself, though in his attempt to get Louis back on his feet, Antoine gets caught in a romantic triangle.

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Cast

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Antoine Letoux
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Michèle Moretti ...
Martine
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Karine
Fabio Zenoni ...
André
Jocelyne Desverchère ...
Sandrine the Florist
Didier Menin ...
Man at Thai Restaurant
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Cook
Blandine Pélissier ...
Nurse
Jean-Charles Dumay ...
Serge the Sommelier
Ange Ruzé ...
Young Waiter
Élise Otzenberger ...
Hairdresser
Jean-Luc Abel ...
The Inspector
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Storyline

Antoine is a maitre d' in a Paris brasserie, Chez Jean, and is so full of being of service to others that he can't say 'no'. Late for dinner with his girlfriend, Christine, he takes a shortcut home through the park but finds a stranger, Louis, in the act of committing suicide by hanging. Louis is distraught by the loss of his girlfriend, Blanche, and is so grateful that he attaches himself to Antoine. Antoine arranges a job for Louis - as a sommelier at Chez Jean and sets about trying to repair Louis' life... Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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A very tasty comedy with a little French twist.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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17 December 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

After You  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,768,523 (France) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$826,220 (USA) (16 October 2005)
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Trivia

Garcia's character's grandma is his grandma in real life. See more »

Quotes

Christine: How's the chicken?
Louis: Dead.
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References Popeye (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

La Ruse des plantes
Written & Performed by Camille Bazbaz
© EMI Music Publishing et Les Éditions Pelicas
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French farce at its best
7 September 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Daniel Auteuil is always good value. One of France's top actors he is the master of understatement, telling us more by facial expression and body language than words ever could. However, I think he was sold short by this movie where the other characters, with one exception, were poorly drawn. Without spoiling - he rescues a man about to hang himself because his girlfriend has left him, and becomes entangled in this man's life. But there was nothing about either the guy or his girlfriend which merited someone going out of their way to help. Both totally lacked charisma, Blanche particularly was one of those women you simply want to shake in an effort to get some sort of personality into her.

Louis needed a smart punch in the mouth and frankly, when Antoine finally got to the end of his tether with the guy's stupidity and weaknesses, I was looking forward to that as the high spot of the movie.

Nothing could have upstaged the marvellous André Tainsy though, who died only a few months after this film was released, aged 93. She was une trésor absolue, carrying off her role with finesse, incredible humour, so understated - and total aplomb.

It is a funny film (and if you know Fawlty Towers, it's in that vein) in an excruciatingly painful way where you just know everything is going to go wrong and there are a couple of laugh-aloud moments but given the mood throughout, it has the unlikeliest ending you could imagine.

Brilliant music by Camille Bazbaz all the way through and if nothing else his 'Papa Tango Charlie' should have been a massive hit.


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