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Hélène Voisin
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Albert Grelleau
Michel Boujenah ...
Simon / Marcel
Jean Benguigui ...
Sarkis - un trafiquant d'armes
Annick Alane ...
Pascaline (as Annik Alane)
Claudine Wilde ...
Vanessa - une call-girl (as Claudy Wilde)
François Hadji-Lazaro ...
Braquet - le chef des services secrets
Yan Epstein ...
Izmir
Sagamore Stévenin ...
Julien Voisin
Jean-Guillaume Le Dantec ...
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Pierre Pellerin ...
Gérard
Alain Stern ...
Philippe
Thierry Liagre ...
Vincent
Paulina Zidi ...
Paulina Voisin
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To his family, François Voisin is nothing more than a humdrum civil servant. In truth, for the past twenty years he has been working as a crack secret agent. All goes well until François discovers that his son has been skipping school. Using all the resources at his disposal, the irate father tracks his son to find out where he goes when he is not in school. Then François learns that his wife Hélène is having an affair with another man. With the aid of the latest hi-tech surveillance equipment, the jealous husband finds that his rival is a second-hand car salesman masquerading as an international terrorist. To win back Hélène, François contrives an elaborate scheme in which she is coerced into playing the role of a secret agent herself. The scheme backfires badly, and François and Hélène end up in the hands of a ruthless terrorist group. Written by Soumitra

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Watch Ture Lies and forget this
19 January 2005 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

First I have seen True Lies, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, which I liked a lot. Then, reading some Magazine critiques, I have discovered that it was actually a remake of the French "La Totale!", and how good that one was. Because the usual situation is the following: you see a European (mostly French) movie with a great idea, original pictures and superb acting with not so known but excellent actors, then Hollywood makes a disappointing copy of it with big money and low-quality actors.

Well, the original version was way under my expectations - average actors, low budget. Also, as I knew the story from before, the originality of the idea did not work here. So it was just an average French movie for me, with an entertainment level comparable to a good episode of the Knight Rider series. I believe that an action movie first of all needs budget for the big explosions, fights, car racing, which obviously was missing in the French studio. Miou-Miou, playing Helene, the wife, makes such an excellent interpretation of the stupid narrow minded wife. However, Thierry Lhermitte, as the super action hero secret agent, was miserable, no big muscles, no radiation of power, no big karate fights; and others perform even worse.

So funnily, the remake, True Lies is classes better and is an excellent action movie. Probably you should forget about watching La Totale! after seeing True Lies - it can be then a major disappointment for you too, as it was for me. 5/10


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