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Release Date:
4 December 1991 (France) See more »
A middle-aged single French woman (Balasko) falls in love with an annoying demon (Auteuil). | Add synopsis »
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Daniel Auteuil ... Abargadon

Josiane Balasko ... Leah Lemonier
Richard Berry ... Xavier Langsam

Michael Lonsdale ... Gabriel
Catherine Samie ... Flo Lemonier
Jean Benguigui ... Mr. Chpil
Jessica Forde ... Scarlet
Luis Rego ... Pazou
Catherine Hiegel ... Lilith
Max Vialle

Ticky Holgado ... El Diablo

Bertrand Blier ... Le prêtre
Michèle Amiel ... La dame agée - dentiste
Gilette Barbier ... La secrétaire - dentiste
Véronique Barrault ... L'infirmière - hôpital
Wilfred Benaïche ... Le cadre
Eric Bérenger ... L'injurié chic
Philippe Berry ... Le type ANPE

Marilou Berry ... La petite fille - dentiste
Julien Bukowski ... Le médecin - hôpital
Jean-Marie Cornille ... Le serveur restaurant luxe
Bertie Cortez ... L'homme chic restaurant luxe
Christine Culerier ... La femme cabaret Montmartre
Laurence Debut ... La fille panthère 2
Jacques De la Bruneliere ... Le flic feu
Jacques Delaporte ... L'homme cabaret Montmartre

Alexandre Desplat ... Le pianiste bar golf
Daniel Dublet ... Le type fast food
Jean-Pierre Ducos ... Le chef cuisine restaurant luxe
Pierre Gérald ... Dimitri
Nane Germon ... La dame âgée église
Joël Houssin ... Le gorille archange Gabriel
Jean Le Mouël ... Le pompier
Grégory Manioundou ... L'enfant Dramé 1
Jean-Marie Marion ... Armando
Laurence Milebo ... Madame Dramé
Bruno Moynot ... L'agent immobilier
Charlène Niama ... L'enfant Dramé 2
Patrick Olivier ... Bill Burnett
Jean-Luc Orofino ... Melmoth
Edith Perret ... La femme chic restaurant luxe
Daniel Riché ... Le joueur dés
Fred Romano ... La fille Chpil
André-Marie Schmit ... Le gros homme restaurant luxe
Jean-Paul Solal ... Jean-Allain
Olivier Sowinski ... Le gorille avocat
Annick Berger
Emmanuelle Escourrou ... La fille panthère 1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rocky ... Astaroth

Directed by
Josiane Balasko 
Writing credits
Josiane Balasko (scenario) (adaptation) &
Joël Houssin (scenario) (adaptation)

Josiane Balasko (original idea)

Josiane Balasko (dialogue)

Produced by
Farid Chaouche .... producer
Jean-Claude Fleury .... executive producer
Original Music by
Les Rita Mitsouko 
Cinematography by
Dominique Chapuis 
Film Editing by
Catherine Kelber 
Production Design by
Hugues Tissandier 
Costume Design by
Sophie Breton 
Jean-Paul Gaultier (special dresses)
Makeup Department
Sophie Harvey .... assistant makeup artist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Grange .... third assistant director
Ashargin Poiré .... third assistant director
Art Department
Evelyne Tissandier .... props buyer
Sound Department
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
Eric Mauer .... sound designer
Pascal Mazière .... assistant foley artist
Bruno Tarrière .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Nicholas Brooks .... digital compositor
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Janek Sirrs .... digital artist
Joëlle Baland .... stunts
Bernard Chevreul .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Guy Fox .... stunts
Alain Guerillot .... stunts
Christian Hening .... stunts
Philippe Neunreuther .... stunts
Roland Neunreuther .... stunts
Cécile Pitel .... stunts (as Cécile Girard)
Dany Roca .... stunts
Dan Schwarz .... stunt double: Daniel Auteuil
Patrick Steltzer .... stunts
Jean-Pierre Suchet .... stunts
Annie Vial .... stunts
Carole Vérité .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Benhamou .... electrician
Valérie Blier .... still photographer
Jean-Marc Bringuier .... steadicam operator (as Jean Marc Bringuier)
Editorial Department
Dorian Rigal-Ansous .... editor trainee
Location Management
Jean-François Abbate .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Fred Chichin .... musician (as Les Rita Mitsouko)
Jacques Delaporte .... composer: additional music
Georges Bonastre .... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Françoise Gavalda .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ma vie est un enfer" - France (original title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Hell Is A Gray Comedy ..., 9 February 2004
Author: writers_reign

... but this one is almost jet black so that's all right then. Josiane Balasko was part of a group of writer-performers known as 'Equipe du Splendid' that worked the Cafe Theatre scene in Paris in the late 1970s - Cafe Theatre is still flourishing in Paris with upwards of 50 venues in full swing - and it is amazing how many of them have since made their mark on the large screen, Christian Clavier wrote and co-starred in 'Les Visiteurs', Marie-Ann Chazel appeared in the same movie as the 'clochard', Gerard Jugnot has written and acted in several films and last year wrote, directed and starred in 'Monsieur Batignole' whilst Thierry Thermitte - who co-wrote the film version of 'Nuit d'Ivress' (Drunken Night) with Balasko - the stage version is still playing in Paris after 18 months - has perhaps the highest film profile of all, co-starring with Philippe Noiret in the Ripoux series ('Le Ripoux', 'Ripoux contre Ripoux' and last year 'Ripoux 3', as well as co-starring with Jacques Villeret in the International success of Francis Veber's 'Diner du Cons', soon to be ruined by Hollywood as Dinner of Schmucks). In this effort Balasko features herself as a thirty-five year old spinster - though 'dog' is one of the kinder epithets used about her - who through one of those mistakes so beloved of script writers is contacted by a sort of Satan hanger-on hoping to progress downwards, a sort of Clarence, from Capra's 'It's A Wonderful Life' in reverse. He SHOULD have targeted Balasko's hedonist mum but once he convinces her of his powers they are off to the races and one of the first off-color scenes involves Balasko being transformed into a gorgeous blonde, getting the guy who doesn't know she's alive to attempt to seduce her and then seducing HIM via a phallus thoughtfully provided by Auteuil. From there it's downhill and laffs all the way, if that's what lights your fire, as we say in the nether regions. 7/10

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