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April 1990 (USA) See more »
A car dealer, well-to-do and with a beautiful wife, finds himself attracted to his rather plain new temporary secretary... See more » | Add synopsis »
6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Clever film on the meaning of love. See more (10 total) »


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Josiane Balasko ... Colette Chevassu

Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard Barthélémy (as Gerard Depardieu)

Carole Bouquet ... Florence Barthélémy / La voisine de Colette

François Cluzet ... Pascal Chevassu
Roland Blanche ... Marcello
Myriam Boyer ... Geneviève
Denise Chalem ... Lorène
Didier Bénureau ... Léonce
Philippe Loffredo ... Tanguy
Stéphane Auberghen ... Paula
Jean-Louis Cordina ... Gaby
Jean-Paul Farré ... Le pianist
Richard Martin ... Man on the Tram
Philippe Faure ... Le mari de Colette
Juana Marques ... La fille
Flavien Lebarbe ... Le fils
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Gillet ... La femme du train (uncredited)
Sylvie Orcier ... Marie-Catherine (uncredited)
Sylvie Simon ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Bertrand Blier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bertrand Blier  writer

Produced by
Catherine Blier Florin .... co-producer
Bernard Marescot .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Marie-Christine Lafosse 
Production Design by
Théobald Meurisse 
Set Decoration by
Jean-Louis Dalloz 
Martine Faure 
Michel Lagrange 
Xavier Legris 
Costume Design by
Michèle Cerf  (as Michèle Marmande-Cerf)
Makeup Department
Joël Lavau .... makeup artist
Thierry Marino .... hair stylist
Production Management
Christian Lambert .... unit manager
Gilles Loutfi .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Chapus .... second assistant director
Luc Goldenberg .... first assistant director
Albane Guilhe .... third assistant director
Art Department
Michel Grimaud .... property master
Sound Department
Michel Barlier .... sound dubbing
Paul Bertault .... sound engineer
Louis Gimel .... sound engineer
Stéphanie Granel .... sound editor
Matthieu Imbert .... assistant sound engineer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects editor
Jacques Lévy .... sound dubbing
Mario Melchiorri .... sound effects editor
Marion Monestier .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... electrician
Philippe Barrillet .... electrician
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... grip
Valérie Blier .... still photographer
Bernard Brégier .... grip
Gérard Buffard .... grip
Michel Garçon .... electrician
Vincent Gheyssens .... assistant camera
David Kennedy .... electrician
Gérard Rival .... grip
Myriam Touzé .... camera operator
Richard Vidal .... electrician
Eric Wiser .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sophie Breton .... assistant costume designer
Gil Noir .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Faugeras .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Sylvie Quester .... assistant editor
Music Department
Alice Ader .... musician
Elly Ameling .... musician
Dalton Baldwin .... musician
Odette Gartenlaub .... musician: piano
Other crew
Claude Davy .... press attache
Sylvie François .... production secretary
Jean-Christophe Hedier .... assistant press attache
Chantal Malrat .... production administrator (as Chantal Malrat-Atanassian)
Marie-Noëlle Zurstrassen .... script supervisor (as Marie-Noël Zurstrassen)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Trop belle pour toi" - France (original title)
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Colette Chevassu:Beauty hurts.See more »
MESSE EN MI BEMOL MAJEUR D 950: SanctusSee more »


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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Clever film on the meaning of love., 26 August 1999
Author: Oliver Smith ( from New York City

In this clever take on love and relationships, the affairs of three people are enigmatically portrayed. Everyone adores Bernard's wife Florence. His friends lust for her, her friends envy her. She is very beautiful, and for Bernard there is nothing more left to desire. And that is precisely what troubles him: she may just be too beautiful. His secretary, a temp named Colette, is completely the opposite to Florence. But in her physical unattractiveness Bernard finds a refuge to his peculiar dilemma. Despite of what may seem as a logical explanation, he is not plagued by an inferiority complex. What drives Bernard is the psychological force of the middle-age crisis. Some people wonder whether what they have is as good as it gets. Bernard actually knows that. The second he is near Florence he knows that that is true; gazes of his friends reassure him in that.

With Colette, however, he feels completely at ease. There is no need for self-assertion and he is free to choose. Naturally, there is much more to this film, which is full of surprises and unexpected events. The only country where such a complex and somewhat surrealistic plot could have been brought to life, where careful avoidance of turning the film into a soap opera, a pointless comedy, or a tedious drama meets with the bittersweet taste of love and desire is France, and the philosophy of love, the satire, and the superb acting -- Depardieu, Bouquet, and Balasko make a lovely team -- are also typically French here. Ironically enough, the question of the age is inverted to "what does a MAN want?"

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