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Release Date:
17 December 2002 (France) See more »
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Bastien, an ambitious young production assistant, catches the attention of Jean-Louis, a producer of high regard, and is granted a shot at his own television show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

François Berléand ... Jean-Louis Broustal

Guillaume Canet ... Bastien

Diane Kruger ... Clara Broustal
Philippe Lefebvre ... Philippe Letzger
Daniel Prévost ... M. Balbot

Clotilde Courau ... Fabienne
Jacqueline Jehanneuf ... Maryvonne

Gilles Lellouche ... Daniel Bénard

Jean-Paul Rouve ... Patrick
Andrée Damant ... Micheline

Anne Marivin ... L'assistante
Alexandra Mercouroff ... La secrétaire de Broustal
Pascal Leguennec ... Le jardinier
Vincent Darré ... Le fils du jardinier
Laurent Lafitte ... Fabrice
Pierre Jolivet ... Bertrand Vigneau
Eric Naggar ... Monsieur le maire
Philippe Landoulsi ... Le chauffeur
Ludovic Bismuth ... Le physionomiste
Pierre Poirot ... Le directeur de production
Christophe Rossignon ... L'invité de cérémonie
Jean-Marc Valenti ... Le garçon de café
Ludovic Paris ... Jacques
Philippe Canet ... Antoine Dorsac
Marie-Antoinette Canet ... Jacqueline Balbot
Caroline Attal ... La femme dans le public
Jean-Michel Leray ... Voiturier 1
Arnaud Henriet ... Voiturier 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Cauras ... Un technicien télé (uncredited)
Olivier Doran ... Un technicien télé (uncredited)

Aurélien Levitan ... Guy in club (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Un spectateur (uncredited)

Directed by
Guillaume Canet 
Writing credits
Guillaume Canet (scenario) &
Philippe Lefebvre (scenario)

Guillaume Canet (dialogue) &
Philippe Lefebvre (dialogue) &
Eric Naggar (dialogue)

Produced by
Alain Attal .... producer
Guillaume Canet .... associate producer
John David Cohen .... associate producer
Stéphane Célérier .... associate producer
Philippe Lefebvre .... associate producer
Christophe Rossignon .... associate producer
Laurent Taïeb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Christophe Offenstein 
Film Editing by
Stratos Gabrielidis 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
Production Design by
Alain Veyssier 
Costume Design by
Fabienne Katany 
Makeup Department
Balthazar .... additional hair stylist
Sabrina Bernard .... additional makeup artist
Christine Cardaropoli .... key hair stylist
Catherine George .... key makeup artist
Esther Laloum .... hair stylist
Stéphane Robert .... makeup artist
Production Management
Julie Belthoise .... location unit manager
Jean-Philippe Blime .... production manager
Laurent Grenaud .... assistant unit manager
Guillaume Lefrançois .... unit manager runner
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Landoulsi .... first assistant director
Stéphane Manaranche .... trainee assistant director
Antoine Ricard .... second assistant director
Mathieu Thouvenot .... second assistant director
Art Department
Denis Barbier .... set dresser
Philippe Baschard .... construction grip
Marie-Josée Bergamasco .... carpenter
Edouard Beux .... first assistant decorator
Pascal Bloquet .... painter (as Pascal Blocquet)
Frédéric Bonzon .... construction grip
Alexandre Cardine .... construction grip
Marc Cataldo .... storyboard artist
Hervé Dépagne .... property master
Patrick Galesne .... painter
Giuseppe Giussani .... carpenter
Jean Paul Glappier .... carpenter
Laure Hug .... set dresser
Jean-Christophe Joubert .... construction grip
Alain Mac Keldey .... property master
Patrick Lecigne .... carpenter
Stéphane Loup .... construction grip
Antoine Martial .... carpenter
Xavier Marty .... carpenter
Fabrice Maux .... painter
Franck Miniconi .... painter
Marc Obin .... assistant decorator
Cyrille Perron .... head painter
Aliocha Pican .... construction grip
David Pineau .... construction grip
Vianney Santrot .... carpenter
Martial Venet .... construction manager
Sound Department
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Armelle Mahé .... sound
Vincent Montrobert .... assistant sound editor
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronization
Jean-Jacques Terrones .... sound engineer
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Lutitia Attar .... visual effects
Ferdinand Boutard .... animator
Céline Chotard .... animator
Fabien Corrente .... digital artist
Hassan El Youbi .... visual effects supervisor
Khaldi Ghali .... visual effects
Alice Guien .... post production manager
Stéphane Morali .... visual effects (as Stef Morali)
Michel Pecqueur .... digital artist
Renaud Philipps .... visual effects supervisor
Bertrand Piocelle .... visual effects
Pascal Valdes .... character designer
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunt coordinator
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Gilles Cappelletto .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Christophe Marsaud .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
François Adler .... first assistant camera: second unit
Damien Aubry .... grip trainee
Edwin Broyer .... key grip: second unit
Olivier de Pessemier .... electrician
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Patrick de Ranter .... camera operator
Benoit Dentan .... camera operator
Delphine Desbruères .... camera operator
Alain Dretz .... gaffer
Jean-Michel Dufossez .... electrician
Patrick Gentils .... grip trainee
André Kalmes .... key grip
David Koskas .... still photographer
Margot Lestage .... second assistant camera
André Lorenzon .... electrician trainee
Mathias Othnin-Girard .... electrician trainee
Frédéric Perrin .... grip
Romain Perset .... grip trainee
Stéphane Petitjean .... electrician
Marc Porta .... gaffer
Natacha Raymond .... second assistant camera: second unit
Cyril Renard .... grip trainee
Vincent Richard .... additional electrician
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera
Michel Tessier .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Chelle .... wardrobe
Sandrine Douat .... costumer assistant
Editorial Department
Christophe Legendre .... color timer
Charlotte Teillard D'Eyry .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pierre Adenot .... music arranger
Other crew
Francis Auguy .... travelling car
Myriam Bruguière .... press attache
Pierre Cadeac .... animal trainer
Isabelle Gautier .... location manager
Olivier Guigues .... press attache
François Hamel .... production consultant
Pierre Jolivet .... technical advisor
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
Frédéric Marin .... choreographer
Sebastien Martin .... responsable exploitation
Audrey Mery .... production secretary
Lydia Setton .... production administrator
Pierre Vergnes .... groupman
Pierre-Benoist Varoclier .... thanks

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mon idole" - France (original title)
"My Idol" - USA (festival title)
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110 min | Japan:112 min | Germany:108 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
France:U | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Tawdry and Topical, 20 July 2004
Author: Gene Crokus from United States

On the set of a French TV show in the making we see the warm-up man energizing, as they do, the audience of a Jerry Springer-like production called `It's Tissue Time'. A fascinating intro, we are as enlivened as the TV audience as the story begins. The sad truth of the attractiveness of live television shows shines through as guests are humiliated through the words of others, a premise that is expanded on throughout the rest of the movie.

What we gather in rapid fashion is that the assistant (Bastien, played by director Guillaume Canet) cheering on the audience is an ambitious sort that wants to develop his own show after the styling of his chosen mentor, `It's Tissue Times' producer (Broustal, as played by François Berléand) . There are complexities involving other characters right from the beginning, including the presence of Broustal's wife, the unhappy and reluctant companionship of Bastien's girlfriend Fabienne (Clotilde Courau) and the egotistically insufferable `It's Tissue Time' host Philippe Letzger (Philippe Lefebvre).

A concept Bastien has developed for his own show is presented by Philippe and Bastien to the producer, and after being invited to a party at a disco Bastien is further asked to accompany Broustal and his much younger wife Clara (Diane Kruger, recently seen in `Troy') to their country home for the weekend. Bastien's ambition overwhelms any trepidation (he dismisses Fabienne's objections; this is his big chance!) he may have about the opportunity. The idiosyncrasies of the couple are unsettling to him and to us as well, portending a less productive and perhaps more involved weekend then Broustal has mentioned (working on the TV project).

So things begin to happen even on the ride from the disco to the country estate of Broustal. The real reason for the invitation is slow in coming, but is no real surprise as events unfold. But the proceedings are as strange as the setting for them; why does Broustal have an enormous cage with vultures, how normal is it for that man's wife to be so interested in Bastien, and why is one surprise after another perhaps normal in the affairs of Broustal and Clara?

What is great about this film and what sets it apart from mainstream movies is the relentless nature of Broustal. François Berléand gives a performance not unlike that of Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast" a few years back. Here is a character with enormous personal presence, generally unlikable but with reserves of condescension and cynicism the likes of which can only be transmitted through a strong performance.

This is a good film with grit-your-teeth moments, comic touches and the general cachet of "Sexy Beast". The Seventies feel is perhaps due to the Continental locale and décor of a manor appointed to the taste of an avant-garde couple. But what plays out at the estate is at times violent, always sexually tense, never touching and at all times unpredictable. This film is not for one with mainstream tastes and children need not view it until well into their thirties. Even the ending is a surprise, and a pretty tidy tie-up at that.

Rating: 3.5 Stars.

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