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PETITES COUPURES tells the story of Bruno (Daniel Auteuil), a communist newspaper journalist suffering a mid-life crisis... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good if a bit implausible story, probably a botched attempt at narrative. See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Béatrice

Daniel Auteuil ... Bruno

Pascale Bussières ... Mathilde

Ludivine Sagnier ... Nathalie

Jean Yanne ... Gérard, l'oncle de Bruno

Catherine Mouchet ... Anne

Hanns Zischler ... Verekher

Emmanuelle Devos ... Gaëlle
Aladin Reibel ... Fromager
Jérémie Lippmann ... Simon (as Jeremie Lippman)
Bettina Kee ... Laure
Alain Libolt ... Paul

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... André (as Louis Dominique de Lencquesaing)
Amina Medjoubi ... Noria
Dinara Drukarova ... Marie (as Dinara Droukarova)
Vincent Ozanon ... Emile
Jean-Claude Durand ... Homme accident
Christophe Vienne ... Chauffeur
Sylvie Weber ... Employée agence
Béatrice Audry ... La mère de Gaëlle
Pierre Wallon ... Le maître de cérémonie
Judith Rivière Kawa (as Judith Riviere Kawa)
Romain Eprendre
Pascal Magniez
Oleg Pouzankov
Wouter Zoon
Jean-Pierre Gérardin (as Jean-Pierre Gerardin)
Agathe Bonitzer
Nelly Auteuil
Alice de Lencquesaing
Nicolas Leclère
Emilie Alexandrine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjamin Lemaire ... Le garçon dans la rue (uncredited)

Directed by
Pascal Bonitzer 
Writing credits
Pascal Bonitzer (written by)

Emmanuel Salinger  writer

Produced by
Douglas Cummins .... co-producer
Philippe Liégeois .... producer
Jean-Michel Rey .... producer
Original Music by
John Scott 
Cinematography by
William Lubtchansky 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Koch 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
Set Decoration by
Gabriel Cascarino 
Laurence Vendroux 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
Makeup Department
Eric Benazet .... hair stylist
Céline Durand .... hair stylist: additional photography
Chantal Durpoix .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Hugues Lavau .... makeup artist
Joël Lavau .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ève Albertini .... post-production manager
Thomas Douineau .... assistant unit manager
Nicolas Leclère .... unit manager
Vincent Léonard .... assistant unit manager
Marie Madec .... unit manager: additional unit
Christophe Masson .... unit manager
Sybil Nicolas .... unit manager
Frédéric Todeschini .... assistant unit manager: additional unit
Pierre Wallon .... production manager
Alexandra Weyers .... assistant unit manager: additional unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shirel Amitay .... first assistant director
Guillaume Bonnier .... second assistant director
Denis Kralj .... trainee assistant director
Laure Montbellet .... second assistant director: additional unit
Marie Toulza .... trainee assistant director: additional unit
Art Department
Agnès Aubert .... assistant art director: additional unit
Véronique Barnéoud .... first assistant art director
Gabriel Cascarino .... set dresser
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Pascal Courtinel .... painter: additional unit
Najat Félicité .... painter: additional unit
Christine Rosier Kleynjans .... assistant set dresser
Bruno Margery .... first assistant art director
Corinne Martin .... painter: additional unit
Thomas Pitre .... first assistant art director
Olivier Prost .... second assistant art director
Philippe Saunier .... storyboard designer
Gérard Simonet .... constructor
Laurent Thevenot .... painter
Laurence Vendroux .... set dresser
Wouter Zoon .... property master
Sound Department
Katia Boutin .... sound editor
Franck Cartaut .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects editor
Steve Cook .... sound supervisor: UK
Alain Curvelier .... sound mixer: additional unit
Olivier Do Huu .... foley recordist (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Geraldine Falieu .... dialogue editor (as Géraldine Falieu)
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Nikolas Javelle .... assistant sound editor (as Nicolas Javelle)
Anne Le Campion .... re-recording mixer
Anne Le Campion .... sound mixer
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronization
Michel Monier .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kath Pollard .... re-recording assistant
Mike Ross-Trevor .... sound engineer
Hervé Roux .... sound consultant: DTS
Frédéric Ullmann .... sound
Nick Watson .... stereo sound consultant: SDDS
Special Effects by
Alain Birchler .... special effects
Bruno Bourlieu .... special effects
Jean-Pierre Maricourt .... special effects (as Jean-Pierre Moricourt)
Christophe Messaoudi .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
André Atellian .... key grip
Sylvain Bardoux .... grip: additional unit
Marion Befve .... first assistant camera
Jean-Bernard Bosko .... grip: additional unit
Laurent Bourgeat .... electrician
Marc Casi .... grip
Olivier Cazzitti .... electrician
Tanguy Delhez .... electrician
Jim Howe .... gaffer
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
David Koskas .... still photographer
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Pascale Marin .... second assistant camera: additional unit
Laurent Pauty .... second assistant camera
Marc Romani .... electrician: additional unit
Bruno Roza .... grip: additional unit
Christophe Surbier .... assistant grip
Jean-Paul Toraille .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Casting Department
Maguy Aimé .... extras casting
Marion Tenet .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nathalie Causse .... costumer
Tess Hammami .... costumer
Editorial Department
Elise Fievet .... assistant editor
Hélène Le Morvan .... assistant editor
Isabelle Manquillet .... assistant editor
Margot Meynier .... assistant editor
Charlotte Rembauville .... assistant editor
Gerard Savary .... color timer
Music Department
The Philharmonia Orchestra .... orchestra
John Scott .... conductor
John Scott .... orchestrator
Paul Talkington .... music coordinator
Other crew
Anne Bernard .... production coordinator
Lydia Bigard .... script supervisor
Pierre Cadeac .... animal trainer
Hélène de Filippo .... production accountant
Marie-Christine Gauchée .... administrator
Laurence Granec .... press attache
Philippe Guermouh .... groupman: additional unit
Guillaume Jamet .... product placement
Karine Menard .... assistant press attache
Melanie Robbins .... production assistant: UK
Djamel Sadelli .... groupman

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Petites coupures" - France (original title)
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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Good if a bit implausible story, probably a botched attempt at narrative., 14 February 2009
Author: R. Ignacio Litardo ( from Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Any movie with such a cast deserves to be seen, and if directed and written by Pascal Bonizter, more so.

Auteil plays the same character we've seen him in a thousand times. He's like a caricature version of his sublime "L'Adversaire" (same rural unsettling geography). Here we know this film's genre is something close to ... a vaudeville, like Beatrice tells him near the end. Not a drama. Not a comedy. Not a crime novel, thou it pretends to be so. Never a love story, thou love or at least lust and routine relationships abound (our hero has 4 women in about 2 days, 2 of them married to dangerous people he knows...). Béatrice is a woman that's so mad that anybody sound would flee from her, but her mixture of sadness and personality is intriguing. Although personally I found her "depressive hysteric" character rather predictable. I mean, every scene in which she was with Auteil (all, for we only see her as that) we know she's going to say something high sounding (she, not him as she accuses), then allure him, rebuke him, say something depressing, make something mad, and then start again...

Jean Yanne is probably the more solid character of the movie. Yes, he plays the same poker faced small time villain we've seen at Bertrand's Je règle mon pas sur le pas de mon père (1999). But unlike his role at the already mentioned "Tenue c. e.", here there's no comic counterbalance. Just a grim manipulator. But that's fine for this movie in which you can hardly feel anything for anybody.

Emmanuelle Devos's Gaëlle is an awkward character, detached when she even offers her young "rival" rouge, a smoke, coiffure and even some love tips, and then XIX century hysterical for a guy she's just met. Her matter of fact talk at the travel agency was fine, proving, again, she's a fine actress. The whole affaire with Pascale Bussières Mathilde is outright ridiculous. Nice underwear for a serious working woman, thou :). Ludivine Sagnier's Nathalie is fine as a nincompoop teen with some principles. It's funny she did the beauty at the bad remake of "Swimming Pool"(2003). Which, again, proves she can act.

Summing up, a pity such a stellar cast and director made a film only worth watching. Hope next time they decide to make a film, not play with us. Chabrol would have done it better.

This is a movie about a pathological lier, and nobody seems to care (but maybe for Gaelle). The political running joke, in which everybody pokes fun about his political beliefs and "le Mur" is lost to me.

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