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Un air de famille
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Agnès Jaoui (play) &
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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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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Well filmed dry social comedy by Jaoui and Bacri, 17 August 2005
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The IMDb summary reads: "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." Well, that's right but "upper-class" could be misleading. Upper middle-class, maybe. One brother is an executive, number 4 in a Silicon Valley type firm, but the other runs the bar -- it's more a bar than a restaurant, from what we see -- and it's no great success, more a sign of Henri's lack of ambition (that's Jean-Pierre Bacri) and the sister (Agnès Jaoui) works as an underling at the firm, and her boyfriend is the barman and she seems totally without ambition even to marry, at 30. The exec's wife is a rather ditsy blonde lady. One gets the impression that the family is somewhat going to seed. Henri's wife has just left him, Betty can't commit to anything, Philippe's totally insecure, their mom is a pain... This was a play written by Jaoui and Bacri and is full of their delicious dry humor, pettiness and grumpiness and keen social and psychological observation. I found it very funny but at the same time a bit depressing and somewhat static, since it's a play. To underline the static quality, one of the "charicters" is Caruso, a paralyzed dog. It doesn't "open up" as the 2000 Le goût des autres/The Taste of Others and the 2004 Comme une image/Look at Me do; on the other hand, the focus on personalities is even more precise. The "air" is bad air, but things don't end on a too unhappy note in this gentle, ironic comedy. Now that I'm following French dialogue more carefully, I enjoyed this a lot, including the social nuances I could catch about who gets called "tu" and who gets called "vous" and when. Klapisch keeps the camera moving but unobtrusive, adding a childhood flashback perhaps once too often, framing the story with a street panorama and a warm musical theme. To call Bacri "grumpy" may be redundant. I'm not sure what led Klapisch (who from L'Auberge espagnole seems to have a more lighthearted outlook himself) to direct this, and for Jaoui to start directing her writing with Bacri afterwards with Taste of Others and Look at Me.

The DVD by Fox Lorber is of unusually poor quality. You can't turn the subtitles on and off, and they came out half below the screen. There are virtually no extras.

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