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21 August 2002 (France) See more »
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Toujours contente
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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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molded doll, my role is to serve you... See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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
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
 
Stunts
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
 
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
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Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
molded doll, my role is to serve you..., 14 September 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

This first movie of a woman directly come from French television is based on comparatively classic basis. Albert Dupontel plays the role of Max, a man who has everything to be happy: a stable job as a photograph, a ravishing wive (Marianne Denicourt) but little by little, depression overcomes him so much so that nearly nothing interests him. One night, during a night of drinking bout, he orders on Internet a molded doll as tall as him called Monique. It doesn't take him long to fall in love with her and to look after her as good as possible to the surprise of his friends.

By reading this summary of the story, it is evident that Valérie Guignabodet, at least in the first part of her movie was influenced by "Kennedy et moi" (1999), a film made by Sam Karmann starring Jean-Pierre Bacri. The latter and Albert Dupontel act the same type of character and present several similarities. They're both family fathers. They are sick of their respective lives. Their wives deceive them with lovers. But at least they find some comfort with their fathers who live in old people's homes. But especially, they regain strength thanks to silly actions. If Bacri found taste for life again because he could get the watch of his shrink (the one that Kennedy wore on the day he was killed), here Dupontel, his love for a molded doll makes him happy and Monique doesn't leave Dupontel's friends indifferent.

Except for the will to show that her main character treats "Monique" like a real woman, Valérie Guignabodet also directed her movie on the meetings between Max's friends and "Monique" as well as the consequences. Through this method we can formulate that "Monique", for the male characters, is the perfect woman, the one that every man would like to get which cause their wives' frustrations.

Guignabodet's work is a good one and if she doesn't avoid the predictable sudden new developments, if her style contains ponderousness, if the film writing lacks coherence towards the end, her movie reserves good moments and it often borders on the surrealism and the politically incorrect. Moreover, the absurdity of the sequences where we see Max taking care of her lifeless love is enhanced by a photography with very kitsch colors and the chosen songs give to the movie a crazy air.

Valérie Guignabodet's career as a film-maker is in a good way as this globally successfully movie shows.

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