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Happiness Is in the Field (1995)
"Le bonheur est dans le pré" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  31 January 1997 (USA)
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Francis, the boss of a small plumbing supply company, is harassed by tax collectors, striking employees, and an impossible wife and daughter. His only joy is sharing lunch with his friend ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ...
Francis Bergeade
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Gérard 'Gégé' Tilier
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Nicole Bergeade
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Dolores Thivart
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Pouillaud
Guilaine Londez ...
Zig Thivart
Virginie Darmon ...
Puce Thivart
Alexandra London ...
Géraldine Bergeade
Christophe Kourotchkine ...
Rémi
Jean Bousquet ...
Père Léonard
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Lionel - un rugbyman
Joël Cantona ...
Nono
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Lolotte - la femme d' André
Daniel Russo ...
André - le patron de l'hôtel-restaurant
Roger Gicquel ...
Charles - un animateur TV
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Francis, the boss of a small plumbing supply company, is harassed by tax collectors, striking employees, and an impossible wife and daughter. His only joy is sharing lunch with his friend Gerard. Then a TV show called "where are you?" shows a woman from Gers who is searching for her husband who disappeared 28 years ago. The lost husband looks like an identical twin of Francis... Written by Cyril Morcrette <cyril@cln46fw.der.edf.fr>

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Fairy tale

The most delightful daydream has always been the one in which you're put into an environment completely different from the one you know, and you become much happier as a result. In the cinema, this has resulted in some classics: A Yankee in King Arthur's Court comes to mind, or Chatiliez's first film, La vie est une longue fleuve tranquille, which hangs on two babies being switched at birth, and the families find out about it many years later.

This picture has the great Michel Serrault playing the lead, a frustrated businessman who is mistaken for a man who disappeared many years before, and who is tracked down via a TV show that specializes in this sort of squirm-inducing hokum. He's only too glad to abandon the snobby, sarcastic wife (Sabine Azema) he's spent miserable years with, to go live with Carmen Maura in the sun of Provence. There is the sense that the dream cannot go on forever, but you enjoy how the story plays out.


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