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Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)

Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.



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Complete credited cast:
Bruno Moynot ...
Martin Lamotte ...
Mr. Leble
Le pharmacien
Claire Magnin ...
Madame Leble
Voix au téléphone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeannette Batti
Pierre Belot
Suzanne Berthois
Michel Bonnet ...
Suicidé au téléphone

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Félix, disguised as Father Christmas, hands out leaflets advertising a sexy Christmas party. His place is taken by an African Santa Claus and he returns to his caravan only to find his girlfriend Josette about to leave him. When he comes after her, she takes refuge at "SOS Distress", run by two neurotics, Thérèse and Pierre. Written by Aline

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Santa Claus Is a Stinker  »

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Because of the offensive title, the RATP (Paris subway company) and Paris mayor's office refused to hire out billboards for the poster. See more »


Zézette: Eh, Pierre ! Y a un monsieur très malpoli qu'a téléphoné, y voulait enculer Therèse !
Pierre Mortez: Oui mais cest un ami.
Zézette: Ah bah ça va alors.
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References Death Wish II (1982) See more »


Written by Vladimir Cosma
Performed by Guy Marchand
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The very best french movie around
14 April 2004 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Everyone in France knows this movie by heart. Sure, most jokes must be very hard to translate, and may seem very rude (Je t'encule, Thèrèse !), but there is quite a solid story, the acting is excellent and Jean Marie Poiré is at his best. Even Michel Blanc who is not appearing in the movie ( only a voice on phone) is good. The dreaded Anemone is really fun (once in her life) and for Josiane Balasko it is her very best movie ( except maybe for "les hommes préfèrent les grosses"). Not to mention the wonderful Bruno Moynot and Martin Lamotte. Too bad we don't see them more often on the screen. Too bad, too, France will never more produce such jewel, but annoying Asterix, and other visitors. Looks like Christian Clavier by itself is no fun and Alain Chabat is not very good ( I never liked him, nor "les nuls". Le père Noël may be qualified minimalist, or cheap production, but it is THE french movie of the 20th century. I gave it a 10, and I'm going to watch it one more time ( maybe the 200th time)

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