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Family Resemblances (1996)

Un air de famille (original title)
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

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Claire Maurier ...
Madame Ménard - la mère
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Philippe
Alain Guillo ...
Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon ...
La Mère 1967
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Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey ...
Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard ...
Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas ...
Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle ...
Nicolas Taeb ...
Ludovic Taeb ...
Philippe 1967
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An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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12 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Family Resemblances  »

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$257,637 (USA) (12 June 1998)

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$316,872 (USA) (26 June 1998)
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Quotes

Yolande: What use is it to keep a paralysed dog in the house?
Denis: Think of it as a decoration. It's like a rug, but alive.
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Connections

Referenced in Un petit jeu sans conséquence (2004) See more »

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Come prima
Written by Jacques Larue, Mario Panzeri (as M. Panzeri), Sandro Taccani (as S. Paola Taccani),
Vincenzo di Paola (as V. Di Paola)
Performed by Dalida
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Family Misfortunes
11 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a vehicle from and for (they both appear in it) a very gifted team of writer/actors or vice versa and in some ways a dress rehearsal for their standout Les Gout des autres which would, a couple of years later, cop a bagful of Cesars and deservedly so. Unlike other commenters I don't find the obvious stage origins a problem any more than I do with say, Francis Veber's 'Diner du Cons', which works equally well in both media. I haven't, alas, seen the stage version of this though I would dearly love to. The writing is spot on, the characters are flesh and blood and one hundred per cent believable. It's one of those movies where we can say that, yes, we all know people like this. It would be churlish to single out anyone from this fine ensemble cast, including the two authors, suffice it to say that everyone turns in a great performance. One to see again and again.


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