Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (1996)

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Benoit Blanc loves living, he loves women, he loves daring. He is a famous businessman who suffers from stomach-ache. Fabiolini, a would-be actor, is a policeman and he too suffers from the... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Lini
Bernard Tapie ...
Benoit Blanc
Docteur Nitez
Toc Toc, Loulou's Father
Pretty Blonde of Crillon
Patrick Husson ...
Falsetto Singer#-#Falestto Singer (voice)
Salomé Lelouch ...
Lola Dufour (as Salomé)
Christophe Hémon ...
Loulou, boy from Train
William Leymergie ...
Caroline Cellier ...
Madame Blanc
Gisèle Casadesus ...
Clara Blanc, Benoit's Mother
The Widower
The Widow
Philippe Khorsand ...
Restaurant chief


Benoit Blanc loves living, he loves women, he loves daring. He is a famous businessman who suffers from stomach-ache. Fabiolini, a would-be actor, is a policeman and he too suffers from the same sickness. The two man face suffering in opposite ways: Benoit Blanc is optimistic while Fabiolini, always unsure of himself, is persuaded he is seriously ill. The two men meet by chance while doing a gastroscopy and become friends. After having known their real different conditions, they will change and will understand better their lives. Around them, other people, women and men, will see their lives changed, by chance, by love or solely by the life stream. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

28 August 1996 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Men, Women: A User's Manual  »

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ITL 240,407,000 (Italy) (6 December 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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A problematic look at relationships
26 January 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is a film focusing on the up and downs of the relationships between men and women. It opens with a beautiful circular aerial shot of a château. The main character is played by the disgraced former Marseilles soccer club owner, Bernard Tapie. He is Benoit Blanc, a wealthy businessman who has had many women and starts to have problems with his health. Also, the other main character, a cop, has the same health problem. The two guys meet at the doctor's and discuss their problems. One of the doctors who examines them is Blanc's beautiful former lover who he dumped, and she is now bitter and deceitful. The other characters include two young lovers who lie about their age and can't find each other again after their first meeting; Blanc's mother who marries again at the age of eighty; and two street musicians who Blanc gives help to, one of whom wails an irritating sound through most of the film. Apart from that foible, the film is watchable and has a touching scene where the two guys visit Lourdes to seek a miracle cure for their health problems. It is an interesting look at the relationships of men and women from different age groups in all walks of life.

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