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Une employée modèle (2002)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 6 August 2003 (France)
François, in his early fifties, successfully runs a computer business in Normandy. He has recently developed a new product which an American corporation wants to acquire at any cost. But ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Maurey
Delphine Rollin ...
Nicole Calfan ...
Caroline Maurey
Commissaire Bovary
Leslie Phils ...
Marianne Maurey
Steve Suissa ...
Le rocker
Annick Blancheteau ...
Jean-Luc Porraz ...
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Michel Baladi ...
Gendarme usine
Pierre Forest ...
Gendarme motard
Charlie Gnini ...
Abdel Halis ...


François, in his early fifties, successfully runs a computer business in Normandy. He has recently developed a new product which an American corporation wants to acquire at any cost. But François refuses to be bought out in spite of head engineer Rolland's insistent advice. His personal life, on the other hand, is a failure: Caroline, his wife for twenty-five years, is leaving him, and his relationship with his daughter could be better. One day, he meets Florence, a pretty damsel in distress who soon blooms into a "model employee"... Written by Guy Bellinger

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6 August 2003 (France)  »

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"X 27", the code name of the patent developed by François and coveted by the American corporation is a tribute Josef von Sternberg's "Dishonored" (1931)starring Marlene Dietrich as espionage agent X 27. See more »


References Cries & Whispers (1972) See more »


Elle est d'ailleurs
Written by Pierre Bachelet and Jean-Pierre Lang
Performed by Pierre Bachelet
Published by Mage Music Editions
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Passable French thriller
28 November 2006 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

"Une employée modèle" is commonly regarded as a poor movie by most, even as a flop by some. I would personally be less disparaging. After all, this is an unpretentious little thriller, designed mainly to entertain - and entertained I was.

The plot revolves around François (François Berléand, more restrained than usual, and quite rightly so considering the role he plays), a software company owner in his fifties. A success in the working world (so much so that a big American corporation covets the new product he has just developed), he is a failure in his private life (he is unable to communicate properly with his daughter and his wife is leaving her after twenty-five years of marriage). He has become a perfect prey for femme fatale Florence...

As I said before, I found this film fun to watch, although I have to admit that this is no masterpiece. Too clichéd (the ugly American shark) and far-fetched (the Marxist cop commissaire Bovary, named after Flaubert, what a mishmash!), "Une employée modèle" suffers mainly from its unbelievable last part.

On the other hand, the first two thirds are not that bad, giving the viewer an insight into the everyday life of a small computer business in provincial France. And the three successive false endings - terribly unrealistic as they are - do get the plot moving again until the very last seconds.

All in all, not such a bomb as announced. Rather a passable thriller, nothing to be ashamed of.

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