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25 September 2002 (France) See more »
Georges, a wealthy Parisian, has a mistress who wants to marry him, but he has no intention of divorcing his wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Chainsaw, A Dress, and A Jacuzzi... See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)

Alice Evans ... Emmanuelle
Régis Laspalès ... Maurice Lappin
Philippe Chevallier ... Georges Audefey

Götz Otto ... Johnny Zucchini
Anémone ... Claire Trouabal
Martin Lamotte ... Jean-Bernard Trouabal
Virginie Lemoine ... Marion Audefey
Guy Marchand ... Charles Boisdain
Urbain Cancelier ... Poilard

Stéphane Audran ... Jacqueline Boisdain

Marco Bonini ... Marcello Le pentre
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Le concessionnaire
Michèle Garcia ... La vendeuse de prêt-à-porter
Sylvie Joly ... La femme dans Orlyval
Raphaël Mezrahi ... Le type au défilé de mode
Paul Belmondo ... Vendeur automobile 1
Danièle Evenou ... La boulangère
Benjamin Castaldi ... Vendeur automobile 2
Julie Arnold ... Une commerçante
Stefano Antonucci ... Le concierge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lakshantha Abenayake
Sacha Briquet ... Le concierge de Georges
Macha Béranger ... La cliente outrée
Gérard Caillaud
Jacques Collard
Hélène Hily ... La cliente de la boulangerie
Leonardo Manera
Bijou Thiam

Directed by
Jean-Marie Poiré 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Marie Poiré  adaptation
Raffy Shart  adaptation
Raffy Shart  play

Produced by
Henning Molfenter .... co-producer
Jean-Marie Poiré .... producer
Rosanna Roditi .... executive producer
Hartwig Schulte-Loh .... co-producer
Igor Sekulic .... producer
Original Music by
Pierre Charvet 
Vincent Prezioso 
Cinematography by
Robert Alazraki 
Film Editing by
Jean-Marie Poiré 
Henry Revlou 
Casting by
Iris Wong 
Production Design by
Katia Wyszkop 
Art Direction by
Albrecht Konrad (supervising art director)
Anja Müller 
Set Decoration by
Bernhard Henrich 
Gérard Marcireau 
Costume Design by
Olivier Bériot 
Makeup Department
Aurélie Elich .... assistant makeup artist
Liliane Rametta .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Philippe Avenel .... unit manager
Jean-Philippe Avenel .... unit production manager
Mederic Bourlat .... unit manager
Mederic Bourlat .... unit production manager
Sébastien Didelot .... trainee unit manager
Cedric Ettouati .... post-production supervisor
Olivier Hélie .... production manager
Oliver Lüer .... production manager
Sonja Sommer .... assistant production manager (as Sonja Döring)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... second unit director
Jean-Christophe Delpias .... first assistant director: preparation
Olivier Horlait .... first assistant director
Stéphane Manaranche .... third assistant director
Andreas Meszaros .... first assistant director
Alexandre Schmitt .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Lionel Callari .... property master
Jean-René Coulon .... props
Christian Ehlert .... lead set dresser
Eckart Friz .... prop buyer
Thierry Houyoux .... painter
Axel Kahnt .... property master
Fabien Lacaf .... storyboard artist
Lars Lange .... leadman/prop buyer
Alexandra Lassen .... assistant art director
Stephanie Rass .... set dresser assistant
Torsten Schwartz .... supervisor plasterer
Sound Department
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Heslop .... sound effects editor
Paul Lainé .... sound
Special Effects by
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects supervisor
Stefan Knauer .... special effects technician
Endres Löber .... pyrotechnician
Armin Moritz .... special effects technician
Christoph von Lengerke .... special effects senior technician
Visual Effects by
Graham Cristie .... digital artist
Davina Gottschalk .... digital compositor
Dennis Jones .... digital compositor
Natalie MacDonald .... digital compositor
Igor Sekulic .... visual effects supervisor
Udo Harnach .... stunt coordinator
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt double
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Yannick Derrien .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Isabelle Arnold .... assistant camera
Maurice Bricler .... grip
Dominique Delguste .... camera operator: second unit
Sönke Hansen .... director of photography: Italy
Philippe Houdart .... camera operator
Maxime Héraud .... first assistant camera
Rafael Jeneral .... clapper loader
David Kennedy .... gaffer
Yves Michaud .... Steadicam operator
Steve Moreau .... second assistant camera
Won-suk Park .... second assistant camera
Laurent Passera .... grip
Teja Schwede .... video operator
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... Steadicam operator
Christof Wahl .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Lilia Trapani .... casting: Italy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sabine Groh .... set costumer
Susanne Vierkötter .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Simon Njoo .... assistant editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Patrick Zouzout .... assistant editor
Location Management
Peter Brown .... location assistant
Nicola Catullo .... location manager
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Transportation Department
Axel Hübner .... driver: cast
Tobias Lauterberg .... driver: props, London
Other crew
Paul Meyer-Gerlt .... production accountant
Sébastien Peiffer .... set manager: Luxembourg
Andreas Pense .... legal counsel: producer
Andreas Pense .... legal services: co-production
Andreas Pense .... legal services: production
Gabi Scheiger .... production coordinator
Mahaut Vidal .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Ma femme... s'appelle Maurice" - France (original title)
"My Wife Maurice" - USA (video title)
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102 min
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The movie was a Warner Bros release in France, and was selected in 18 Gay and Lesbian film festivals in North America, starting with Philadelphia.See more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Chainsaw, A Dress, and A Jacuzzi..., 26 January 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

For as low of a score that this film carries, I hand to confirm that I had watched the same film. For some strange reason, I witnessed a completely different film than the one mentioned from other critics. I thoroughly enjoyed this French farce that was boldly colorful, imaginatively creative, and passionately contrived. While I did find it at times hard to read the subtitles and see the action together, I did not see it as a completely spoiled moment for the film. The comedy was quick, the plot was well rounded, and I especially loved the characters that director Jean-Marie Poiré brought to the screen. It was so wonderfully absurd that it kept me glued to the screen wondering what would happen next. I will admit that this is a rather predictable film, but what Poiré has done is taken a used story and restyled the "fun" fit in this modern day of cinema. This suddenly transformed into a zany adventure that kept my head buzzing, my mind engrossed, and my funny bones in action.

The best part of this film is simply the characters. There are two power-players in this film that each bring something unique and original to the screen and ultimately make Ma femme…s'appelle Maurice worth watching.. The first is the hysterical Régis Laspalès whom nearly steals the entire film away from everyone else. He takes the role of Maurice and transforms it into a modern day Robin Williams vehicle. From the moment that I meet him in a little bread shoppe until the final climactic moments, I was captured. He controlled the screen with such brilliance and pizazz that I was surprised that I had not encountered him in any other films. He was genuine, which is sometimes a hard asset to find in comedians today. The second character that I deeply enjoyed was Gotz Otto. He plays the possibly sexually confused Johnny that gets some drink into him and falls for the closest lady to him. That just happens to be Maurice. Together, these two play superbly well against each other. Their chemistry is better than some matches found in Hollywood today. I could feel their moments clicking from across the screen and to my delight it worked. They were extremely funny together adding an extra layer of icing to an already hysterically sugary film.

Another aspect that I truly felt compelled about in this film was the colors set against the backdrop of the whimsical adventure. I think I have been involved in too many darkly grey films lately here in America, and it was finally nice to see the bold and vibrant colors of life clearly defined on the screen. The hues of red, yellow, and orange perfectly decorated not just the surroundings, but also the characters as well. I think that is some of the reason for the amazing performances, because of the colorful environment that they had to work in. The colors brightened the sets, but also this film. At times it nearly felt like a fairy tale film (with the colors and magic castle feel that the apartment had), especially with the color of love painted in nearly every scene. Poiré knew what he was doing, and while this is definitely no Amelie, it does show the colorful cinematic technique that the French have so proudly called their own.

So, we have some very funny characters combined with some beautiful sets that seem to be used to accentuate the characters (Hollywood, you could be taking notes here), what else was there? I enjoyed the themes of this film. For anyone that enjoyed Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage (and the French counterpart), this is the film for you to see. It combines the ideals of homosexuality with a farce about life. It brings these ideas of cross-dressing and gender swapping into a very colorful light that will make you think and laugh at the same time. This is not a negative aspect, but rather a very poignant element that Poiré chose to add to this film. He could have simply gone main stream, but the elements that he chose to uses were brilliant. Coupled with some random moments that make this film stand on its own two legs (the entire chainsaw scene was hysterical and very random), My Wife Maurice is a comedy that will have you laughing for a very long time.

Overall, I was very impressed. This was a gem that I had never heard about that graced my DVD player well. The overall feel of this film was happiness and whimsy, and it was exactly what I needed at the end of the day. While it is not a flawless film, the problems are so small that you probably wouldn't even notice them if you tried. Do not just look at these negative markings as a sign that this is a poor film, check it out for yourself, and you may find (like me) that this was a perfect comedy.

Grade: **** out of *****

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