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My Wife Is an Actress (2001)

Ma femme est une actrice (original title)
A "normal" guy who is married to a hot actress gets worried that she is involved with her costar. This worry turns into jealousy and causes problems in their relationship. This is a story about trust and a comedy about the actions between men and women.

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Yvan
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John
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Nathalie
Laurent Bateau ...
Vincent
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David, the film director
Jo McInnes ...
David's assistant
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Géraldine
Lionel Abelanski ...
Georges
Valérie Leboutte ...
Young sexy girl
Annette Hazanavicius ...
Yvan's mother
Jean Abelanski ...
Yvan's father
Marie Denarnaud ...
Colette
Jean-Rachid ...
Blaise (as Jean Rachid)
Céline Cuignet ...
Lisette
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Paris can boast a population of 2,125,246. Of these 1,153,000 are women and 10,000 are actresses. Yvan, a young sports writer, is married to one who is very well known - Charlotte. They try to live a normal life, but her fame makes it difficult - autograph hunters interrupt their dinners, cops about to serve traffic summonses let them off with a warning and a smile when they recognize her, and impossible-to-get restaurant reservations magically appear when Charlotte makes the calls instead of Yvan. All this threatens and challenges his male ego, but Yvan is able to take her stardom in stride. Until, that is, a man at a bar asks him if he gets jealous watching his wife make love in the nude to another man on screen. It has never seriously bothered him before, but the stranger sows the first seed of doubt in his head... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language and nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 November 2001 (France)  »

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FRF 30,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,263,683 (France) (16 November 2001)

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$1,052,922 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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London Calling
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Less bitter than sweet romcom
10 November 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

An entertaining, easy-going flick about the business. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal play characters with their names in an all-but-identical relationship. Strain creeps into their relationship with the realities of one being a movie star and both of them having to question what it is to be a screen actor.

Now 8 and 1/2 I'm quite sure this is not but it has a brisk pace and a wry, insider's eye to keep a good balance between self-analysis and fun. Gainsbourg is a good actress for such a role capable from veering between gravitas and whimsical silliness in a short space of time. Attal's own engaging buffoon husband is mirrored with Terence Stamp's ageing, good-humoured Lothario and an intensely Gallic sub-relationship as Attal's sister and brother in law war over circumcising their unborn child.

London and Paris feature but are not particularly beautifully shot; the disposable nature of the film is deepened somewhat by a well-judged, wistful original score by Brad Mehldau. 6/10


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