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99 francs (2007)

The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Director:

Jan Kounen

Writers:

Nicolas Charlet (screenplay and dialogue) (as Nicolas), Bruno Lavaine (screenplay and dialogue) (as Bruno) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Octave Parango
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Charles 'Charlie' Dagout
Patrick Mille ... Jean-François 'Jeff' Marolles
Vahina Giocante ... Sophie
Elisa Tovati Elisa Tovati ... Tamara
Nicolas Marié Nicolas Marié ... Alfred Duler
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Jean-Christian Gagnant
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Marc Maronnier
Fosco Perinti Fosco Perinti ... Giovanni Di Toro
Cendrine Orcier Cendrine Orcier ... Fabienne
Dan Herzberg ... Steven
Arsène Mosca Arsène Mosca ... Le dealer
Niels Dubost Niels Dubost ... Père Groobad
Aurélie Boquien Aurélie Boquien ... Mère Groobad
Mathis Jamet Mathis Jamet ... Enfant Groobad
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The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

I'm the most influential bastard in 2000 years.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

13,99 euros See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR12,447,638 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,444,973
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Cassel, Mathieu Kassovitz and Edouard Baer were considered for the part of Octave Parango. See more »

Goofs

When Octave's version of the Starlight commercial is shown on television for the first time, the blob of yogurt on his eyebrow disappears and reappears between takes. See more »

Quotes

Octave Parango: Everything is bought. Love, Art, planet earth, you me. Especially me. The man is a product like any other, with a limit sell by date. I am advertising, I am one of those that make you dream the things you will ever have. Blue skies, never ugly chicks, perfect happiness and retouched in Photoshop. You think I embellished the world? lost, I screw it up. Everything is temporary. Love, Art, planet Earth, you, me. Especially me
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Connections

Features The Marionette (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Yumeji's Theme
from the film Faa yeung nin wa (2000)
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Pretentious and full of clichés
9 August 2011 | by kodekonSee all my reviews

I pretty much hated the movie right from the start. You just know quite fast when you start watching a film, any film, whether the film rings true or whether it's full of sh*t. 99 francs was the latter.

The film was full of clichés and bad jokes. Probably some of the "funny" stuff was France-centric and don't mean that much to others, but that can't really explain the staggering dumbness I had to witness. I felt like I was treated like a 10 year old who has never seen a film or read a book, or really knows nothing about the realities of the world. Actually it felt like the makers were 15 year old teens who felt like they wanted to set the record straight of what the advertising world reaaalllyyy is like. But the problem is that there was absolutely nothing new here. We've seen this stuff million times before.

Like other reviewers have pointed out here this was apparently a successful book transformed to film. That explains a lot, because usually it's really hard to achieve the atmosphere successfully. And this film tried really just too much. In a way I appreciate the franticness of the film, and of course I do appreciate the obviously high production values, but to me it was all just a waste. The knowledge of those can't erase the disappointing feeling the film gave me, and that's why I only give it 3 stars.


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