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Alex (Albert Dupontel) and Claire (Marianne Denicourt) are living a boring and tedious life after years of marriage... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Albert Dupontel ... Alex
Marianne Denicourt ... Claire
Philippe Uchan ... Marc
Marina Tomé ... Sophie
Sophie Mounicot ... Gabrielle
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Jeff
Margot Abascal ... Séverine

Dominic Gould ... Paul
Jean-Pierre Bernard ... Le vieux photographe
Augustin Legrand ... L'infirmier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Louis Annaloro ... Motard
Johny Bert ... Retraité
Claude Berthy ... Vieux voisin
Thierry Blandin ... Directeur hospice
Bruno Bollini ... Footballeur
Axelle Charvoz ... Assistante
Jacky Dumareix ... Footballeur
Claude-Alexandre Eclar ... Livreur
Cyrille Eldin ... Livreur
Christina Gomz ... Jeune allemande
Pierre Gérald ... Un vieil homme à l'hospice
Régis Iacono ... Gardien Stade
Grégoire Kupellan ... Footballeur
Dominique Légitimus ... Infirmier
Jean-Claude Magistri ... Footballeur
Roland Menou ... Le créatif
Antonin Minéo ... Retraité
Marie Plot ... Barbara
Tugdual Rio ... Prêtre
Daniel Rodighiero ... Footballeur
Robert Rollis ... René, un vieil homme à l'hospice
Dominique Roncero ... Infirmier
Jordan Santoul ... Thomas
Francia Seguy ... Une vieille dame à l'hospice
Isabelle Tanakil ... Cliente agence pub
Christel Willemez ... Vendeuse lingerie

Directed by
Valérie Guignabodet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Valérie Guignabodet 

Produced by
Baudoin Capet .... executive producer
Philippe Godeau .... producer
Original Music by
Éric Neveux 
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Larrieu 
Film Editing by
Monica Coleman 
Casting by
Jeanne Biras 
Costume Design by
Fabienne Katany 
Makeup Department
Sophie Benaiche .... key makeup artist
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Laurence Otteny .... makeup artist
Production Management
Baudoin Capet .... production manager
Marie-Paule Ester .... assistant production manager
Claude Guymont .... unit manager
Jérôme Rafalowicz .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Bouaziz .... third assistant director
Jean-Christophe Delpias .... first assistant director
Mathieu Thouvenot .... second assistant director
Art Department
Laurent Baude .... assistant art director
Mathieu Menut .... set designer
Sound Department
Thierry Delor .... sound mixer
Benoit Gargonne .... sound assistant
Jean Gargonne .... sound editor
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Jean Minondo .... sound
Special Effects by
Nicolas David .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects coordinator
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects supervisor
Dominique Fouassier .... stunts
Roland Neunreuther .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Afchain .... additional best boy grip
Victor Dupuis .... additional assistant camera
Bertrand Follet .... first assistant camera
Olivier Joudiau .... grip
Kareem La Vaullée .... Steadicam operator
Kareem La Vaullée .... camera operator: "b" camera
Guillaume Leturgie .... gaffer
Alexandre Ricco .... grip
Antoine Sanier .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Douat .... costumer assistant
Editorial Department
Emmanuel Le Ridant .... telecine dailies colorist
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
Other crew
Charlotte Bayle .... titles designer
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Mathilde Cukierman .... location scout
Françoise Thouvenot .... script supervisor

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92 min
Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Remedy for Migraines, Headaches and Boring and Tedious Married Life, 8 September 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alex (Albert Dupontel) and Claire (Marianne Denicourt) are living a boring and tedious life after years of marriage. They do not communicate to each other anymore, and Alex is almost speechless at home and without motivation and inspiration in his work as a former successful photographer. When Claire decides to leave him to live with her sculptor teacher, and Alex, completely wasted, accidentally orders an expensive and desirable sex molded doll called "Monique", his life changes completely. Alex falls in love with Monique, making all his fantasies come true, while his privacy is respected. His behavior affects the lives of his closest friends and Claire.

This witty and original comedy plays with endured and routine relationships that are completely exhausted, without communication or sex life. Alex represents those men in middle-age crisis that keep their boring and tedious marriage without any further emotions or dialog, actually accommodated to the situation. Claire represents those women afraid to give a step ahead in life, balancing between a stable finished relationship and the fear for new feelings and experiences. Monique represents the new, the refreshment of a wasted life and the dream of most "Alexs". The director Valérie Guignabodet shows a great sensibility, approaching this delicate theme in a funny and neutral way, never being corny or accusing or defending who is right or who is wrong in this battle of sexes. One correction: The Worldcup of 1950 was in Brazil, director Valérie Guignabodet committed a serious research mistake. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Monique – Sempre Feliz" ("Monique – Always Happy")

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