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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A very good French comedy

Author: Gilles Tran from Paris, France
27 September 1999

A very funny comedy about the owner of a family business (Vincent Lindon) who has to use less-than-standard methods to save his company after a string of disasters. It has a perfect, well-balanced cast from the main leads to the supporting roles (an incredible François Berléand as a crooked, cowardly insurance broker), and a clever plot with many unexpected twists and turns, until the very end. What I preferred was the way it was set not in the usual unrealistic world of comedy but in true life, with credible characters and dialogues, and still be hilarious. It could also work as a very nice introduction to contemporary France to foreign viewers, quite different from the usual fare of French sex dramas or stiff period movies and more like some of the recent English "social comedies" (The Full Monty, My Name is Joe, or The Snapper, for instance).

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

So much more than a comedy !

Author: Phroggy from Paris, France
17 September 1999

Pierre Jolivet is one of the most original filmmaker in French

cinema nowadays, and this one is not (just) one of his best, but

a stronghold in a carrier that defies categorization. His movies

are so typically French, insofar they are snapshots of French

society nowadays, that they'll surely never be eaten up buy

Hollywood. The characters are so vivid and believable that this

movie feels more like a slice of life than a movie without

falling into the "modern realism" or "social" cinema trappings.

Besides, cinematography and acting are both wonderful, as iin

Jolivet's own noir film "Fred" ; Vincent Lindon is a marvellous

actor. If you consider that each country has a right for its own

specificity without falling into nationalistic trappings, please

states that this movie is what late nineties France looks like ;

and if not, just for a great, superiously acted and very funny

movie. This one was Jolivet's biggest success in France since

the great "Force Majeure", and it really deserved it - as the

other one which didn't get it. Jolivet is a master that can only

be compared to Spain's Julios Medam and England's Danny Boyle.


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

my little firm

Author: dbdumonteil
13 May 2007

Like its predecessor "Fred" (1997), "ma Petite Entreprise" is in the same league: the world of workers in popular neighborhoods and the tricks the characters elaborate to get out of their distress. Pierre Jolivet finds again the same actor and one of his favorites Vincent Lindon for a role quite familiar to the one he held in the 1997 movie. Like "Fred", Ivan has to manage himself to get out of a thorny situation. The main difference lies in the fact that in "Fred", he was practically all alone but here, he receives a little help from his friends. Lindon acts the work alcoholic boss of a joinery and lives on a wild pace which made him estranged from his wife. But one day his world collapses for the workshop is burnt down. To avoid the definitive closure, he'll have to break the law.

When the film reached the streets, the catchphrase was: "in life, trouble make people closer". It was a well-appropriated one to grab the interest and to disregard any Cartesian logic in the relationships between the characters who one by one rally to Ivan. However, some of them were about to take advantage of the knotty stance Ivan was in. At first Sami (Roschdy Zem), the one who lives with Ivan's former wife, then Maxime (François Berléand) and at last Charles (Albert Dray). Jolivet found a supple dosage between the gritty depiction of the popular neighborhood, the dramatic situation which can worsen if Ivan can't quickly solve it and the droll solutions adopted with a dash of suspense (the break-in in the insurance center) and some unexpected turns in the story. The formula paid off well for "ma Petite Entreprise" drew many more viewers in the theaters than "Fred".

Jolivet's work garnered several nominations at the César ceremony in 2000, notably in the Secondary Roles category and François Berléand was justifiably the winner. Here, Jolivet has no cause to be jealous of his English filmmakers peers in the domain of social cinema.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A bit slow - but worth watching

Author: ian-268 from Paris, France
17 August 2001

I am English but am living temporarily in Paris. I've just sat down to watch the DVD (original version with English subtitles). Although the film is a bit slow it does hold your attention long enough to enjoy it. It's a frustrating escapade sprinkled lightly with a few hilarious moments. I couldn't stop laughing when Maxime said he was disappointed in Lucie because she agreed to help with the fraud. It was worth watching for that scene alone.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Cast, sets and music : excellent

Author: jeanmarc-4 from montreal
4 September 1999

Slow at first then the plot livens up. The cast is excellent. Very funny. Beautifully directed. No apparent special effects to distract you from the plot. The underlying message is clear and plausible. It even makes you wonder... I enjoyed every character, all location sets and the music from Alain Bashung.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Finally a good movie from the frenchies...

Author: Marie Alhomme ( from Paris, France
31 August 1999

As a French myself, I could be believed to have a tendency to over-rate french movies... well, as a matter of fact, I don't like french movies, they're too sad, too dark, too slow and really too boring... :-) Viva US SFX movies, those are entertaining, first role of the cinema, right ?

Well, you can trust my impartiality here, this movie is GOOD.

Finally, being French is not that bad anymore... :-)

This movie is funny, never slows down, but also has a message, not a boring one though...The actors are wonderful, especially the one playing Maxime (to me that is), and all have *the* role "tailored" for them...

One reproach : it's a little bitty long to begin, but it's too short... not that bad a reproach :-)

I've seen it twice, and it's even better the second time...

So, when it's released where you live (the english version should be called "My little business", how surprising :-) ), go see it, give it a try, you won't be disappointed !!!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Jolivet could have done better...

Author: APIT from Switzerland
4 October 1999

Well, I've just seen this film and I was a bit disappointed. As usual, Vincent Lindon acts very well and seems to match exactly his character in the film. But this is not enough to reedeem the lacks that "ma petite entreprise" is suffering. Indeed, the director didn't take advantage of the possibilities the scenario had to offer. He could have made an entertaining comedy and he instead gave us a boring film where all is filmed very calmly, too calmly....

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