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Agnès Jaoui (play) &
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12 June 1998 (USA) See more »
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An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Henri

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Denis

Catherine Frot ... Yolande

Agnès Jaoui ... Betty
Claire Maurier ... Madame Ménard - la mère
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Philippe
Alain Guillo ... Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon ... La Mère 1967

Cédric Klapisch ... Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey ... Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard ... Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas ... Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle ... Betty 1967
Nicolas Taeb ... Henri 1967
Ludovic Taeb ... Philippe 1967
Romain Legrand ... Kevin
Hugo Charpiot ... Mikael

Zinedine Soualem ... Un consommateur
Walter Depergh ... Un consommateur
Denis Falgoux ... Un consommateur
Albert Parisio ... Un consommateur
Elmoez Jalouli ... Jeune de la Cité
Olivier Rag Conauth ... Jeune de la Cité
Louis Espert ... Jeune de la Cité
Alexandre Garcia ... Jeune de la Cité
Lyamin Jaitiel ... Jeune de la Cité
Ciatta Ibrahima ... Jeune de la Cité
Yann Brunelles ... Jeune de la Cité
Christophe Bazemis ... Jeune de la Cité
Stéphane Pouillade ... Jeune de la Cité
Patricia Erdan ... Jeune de la Cité
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Directed by
Cédric Klapisch 
 
Writing credits
Agnès Jaoui (play) &
Jean-Pierre Bacri (play)

Agnès Jaoui  &
Jean-Pierre Bacri  &
Cédric Klapisch 

Produced by
Charles Gassot .... producer
Jacques Hinstin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Eidel 
 
Cinematography by
Benoît Delhomme 
 
Film Editing by
Francine Sandberg 
 
Production Design by
François Emmanuelli 
 
Set Decoration by
Périne Barre 
 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
 
Makeup Department
Michel Demonteix .... key hair stylist
Irène Ottavis .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Claire Augé .... unit manager
Vanessa Banes .... unit manager
Pierre Davallan .... unit manager
Philippe Dumas .... unit manager
Patrick Lancelot .... production manager
Laurent Pascaud .... unit manager
Martine Toussaint .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurence Pilon .... second assistant director
Jacques Royer .... first assistant director
Jacque Royet .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
David Arson .... graphic artist
Philippe Auclaire .... construction manager
Cécilia Blom .... painter
Luc Deportes .... storyboard artist
Olivier Seiler .... props
 
Sound Department
Stéphane Brunclair .... assistant sound editor
Philippe Heissler .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
François Waledisch .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cyril Kuhnholtz .... key grip
Xavier Tauveron .... assistant camera
Jean-Noël Viry .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Bruno Levy .... additional casting
Odile Sogno .... additional casting
 
Editorial Department
Jenny Frenck .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
 
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
 
Other crew
Michel Flaesch .... animal trainer
Agathe Sallabery .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un air de famille" - France (original title)
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110 min
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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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
witty, funny, no vulgarity: all that a good comedy can (and must) be, 9 January 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

The movie "Cuisines et Dépendances" (1993) had revealed Jean Pierre Bacri/Agnès Jaoui's original talent. Here, "un air de famille" (1996) which is once again an adaptation of a play written by the duo constitutes a kind of extension and especially a clear improvement for them. This movie made by Cédric Klapisch is very superior to the first quoted movie although "Cuisines et dépendances" is a worthy work. The meeting Bacri-Jaoui-Klapisch shines to delivers a stunning flick. It is difficult to tell because it is so rich and crowded with incident that it would take several pages to sum it up. So, to tell you the main reasons that justify the vision of this film, I will go to the essential.

3 things confer to the movie a strong appeal. First, the scriptwriters have the remarkable gift to make sparks fly from the single cue and to let what is left unsaid and the suggested leak out. Dialogs are also their best weapon to revamp the middle-class' image but also to harm the characters' meanness and faults. This last feature enables to Bacri and Jaoui to distinguish themselves in the French comedy. It is their recognizable stamp to disclose certain faults that we have inside us but which we really don't want to admit. In this way, it is quite easy to identify with the characters. We have a little "air de famille" with them.

But "un air de famille" is also worth for Klapisch's accurate making with an outstanding work on the lighting effects. The lighted café contrasts with the dark restaurant in the background of the scenery. Moreover, the split of the family amazingly answers to the dreary aspect of the scenery. Little by little, the film becomes a stifling In Camera tempered by a few sequences which relate childhood memories.

In another extent, there's another strong point from Klapisch: the directing of actors which is flawless and well studied. Personally I think it is a real treat to see Jean Pierre Bacri coming and going in his café, with his sullen look. Beside him, Catherine Frot is irresistible in her role of silly woman while Jean Pierre Darroussin is the sole stable character in the middle of this family which is slowly breaking up. He also tries to bring his support and comfort to the members.

"Un air de famille" is a smart and ferociously funny movie. Jean Pierre Bacri and Agnès Jaoui rank among the finest comical authors of the nineties and Cédric Klapisch can without problem join the group of the best French film-makers of his generation. Don't miss this movie which will give you another image of the French comedy.

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