5.8/10
56
2 user 2 critic

Who Is Bernard Tapie? (2001)

This documentary tells two stories simultaneously: it's a profile of Bernard Tapie, a wealthy man who rises and falls spectacularly in French society and may be on the rise again; and, it's... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Suture (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father's funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a ... See full summary »

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey
Able Edwards (2004)
Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Shot on mini dv entirely against a green screen, "Able Edwards" is a story about the clone of a famous entertainment mogul created to revive the glory days of his deceased predecessor's ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Robertson
Stars: Scott Kelly Galbreath, Michael Shamus Wiles, Steve Beaumont Jones
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich
Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When petty thief Cosimo is given the plan for the perfect heist from a lifer in prison - the kind of job you dream about - he has to get out of jail, fast. But with Cosimo stuck in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A follow-up to the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008), focusing on the filmmaker's successful battle to avoid extradition into the U.S. in 2010.

Director: Marina Zenovich
Stars: Susan Gailey, Samantha Geimer, Roman Polanski
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The life and times of Richard Pryor.

Director: Marina Zenovich
Stars: David Banks, Rona Barrett, David Brinkley
Keane (2004)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can ... See full summary »

Director: Lodge Kerrigan
Stars: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan
Criminal (2004)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two con artists try to swindle a currency collector by selling him a counterfeit copy of an extremely rare currency bill.

Director: Gregory Jacobs
Stars: John C. Reilly, Diego Luna, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Central Park, 1968, a director shot scenes of a young couple whose marriage was falling apart - 35 years later they are back in Central Park as the director relentlessly pursues the ever-elusive symbiopsychotaxiplasmic moment.

Director: William Greaves
Stars: Audrey Heningham, Shannon Baker Davis, Marcia Karp
K Street (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A semi-improvised lobbyist satire.

Stars: Mary McCormack, John Slattery, Roger Guenveur Smith
Tribute (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tribute is a feature rockumentary about music's strangest subculture: tribute bands. Tribute bands go to extraordinary lengths to re-create the experience of rock supergroups like Kiss, ... See full summary »

Directors: Kris Curry, Rich Fox
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
...
Herself
Bernard Tapie ...
Himself
Anne-Laure Plante ...
Herself
Franz-Olivier Giesbert ...
Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Le Figaro
Dana Thomas ...
Newsweek
Jean-Xavier Brager ...
Himself - Marseille Resident
Laurent Joffrin ...
Himself - Le Nouvel Observateur
Alan Riding ...
Himself - New York Times
Valerie Lecasble ...
Co-Author, Le Flambeur: The True Life of Bernard Tapie
Rona Waddington ...
Herself
Henri Pradel ...
Himself - Present Owner (Bernard Tapie's childhood home)
Jean Leclerc ...
Himself - Childhood Friend
Françoise Moreau ...
Author, Bernard Tapie: A Hero Against His Will
Christophe Bouchet ...
Himself - Author of three books on Tapie
Edit

Storyline

This documentary tells two stories simultaneously: it's a profile of Bernard Tapie, a wealthy man who rises and falls spectacularly in French society and may be on the rise again; and, it's a look at Marina Zenovich's fascination with Tapie, behaving oddly in spite of her awareness that she's being irrational. Politicians, athletes, friends, companions, and journalists comment on Bernard's charm, his rise to prominence in sports and politics, and his subsequent trouble with the law. Zenovich becomes fixated on her need to interview Tapie, becoming virtually a stalker in her quest. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

PG
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 September 2001 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Recherche Tapie désespérément  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

Thanks Muriel See more »

Connections

Features Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

My Way
Written by Paul Anka, Jacques Revaux, Claude François, & Gilles Thibault
Performed by Bernard Tapie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Standards (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A personalized documentary on a maverick Frenchman by a besotted American lady...!
29 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I came upon this documentary by accident, on Tuesday night, having the TV on, tuned to BBC 2. My interest was captured by it early on, and I was increasingly entertained and informed by it.

Part of BBC 2's ongoing "Storyville" series, this documentary concerns Bernard Tapie and the film's director, Marina Zenovich's somewhat neurotic attempts to get to meet the man himself. There's no doubt, watching this film that Ms. Zenovich is genuinely interested in - perhaps even amusingly obsessed by - Tapie. It comes across as an engaging, overt relation of director to source material, with Marina present on camera to a large extent. One could say this was a self-indulgence on her part, but there is plenty of material in this hour long feature consisting of interviews conducted with people close at some stage to Tapie and footage for example of his film role, his rap duet and his debating with Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Bernard Tapie is indeed a worthy subject for Zenovich to peruse. The director seems to pore over this man with an increasingly riveted deadpan awe, and with reason. He has been Marseilles football club's chairman and seemingly hands-on team manager at the same time, a venture capitalist, a left-wing minister for housing in the Mitterand Government, with a gift for populism and communication, a lead film actor, a singer, a folk hero for the common man, part of a rap duo and a convict due to corruption charges. Ever embossed with a winning, genial Frenchman's charm, and remarkable energy.

In some ways I feel Zenovich could have gone further into probing his enigma, but it must be admitted she is persistent, if neurotic, in trying to find out more about this elusive character.

It does seem at times that the film is as much concerned with her relationship to Tapie as journalist, and, increasingly as the film wears on, star-struck fan - than actually with Tapie's character. "Who is Bernard Tapie?" is indeed an amusing portrait of this driven yet self-conscious, somewhat kooky American woman becoming ever more intrigued by Bernard Tapie... It is interesting and perhaps heartening that Zenovich presents, in the finished film, her somewhat beleaguered attempts to track down and collar Tapie, in all their detail.

It is certainly a very good documentary, succeeding where that genre must, in fully engaging the viewer; making me want to find out more about this bizarre gentleman. You are indeed never really called upon to take the film's pronouncements as objective, with Ms. Zenovich center stage and thus embodying the film's subjectivity.

Perhaps it could have been longer and even more in depth, but it seems churlish to complain as it is thoroughly enjoyable, rounded stuff, put together with a certain flair by the director. Self-indulgent? Or an affectingly personalized take on this form? Either way, it does work. As Tom Paulin might well say if he were to be given the chance, this could be called a classic example of modern Americana as represented by Marina Zenovich, as placed against and bedazzled by, old world European charisma and complexity... A fine documentary, and I do hope to see more of Marina Zenovich's work.

Rating:- ****/*****


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?