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Après Vous (2003)
"Après vous..." (original title)

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Antoine (Auteuil) saves Louis (Garcia) from hanging himself, though in his attempt to get Louis back on his feet, Antoine gets caught in a romantic triangle.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Antoine Letoux
José Garcia ...
Louis
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Blanche Grimaldi
Marilyne Canto ...
Christine
Michèle Moretti ...
Martine
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Karine
Fabio Zenoni ...
André
Jocelyne Desverchère ...
Sandrine the Florist
Didier Menin ...
Man at Thai Restaurant
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Cook
Blandine Pélissier ...
Nurse
Jean-Charles Dumay ...
Serge the Sommelier
Ange Ruzé ...
Young Waiter
Élise Otzenberger ...
Hairdresser
Jean-Luc Abel ...
The Inspector
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Storyline

Antoine is a maitre d' in a Paris brasserie, Chez Jean, and is so full of being of service to others that he can't say 'no'. Late for dinner with his girlfriend, Christine, he takes a shortcut home through the park but finds a stranger, Louis, in the act of committing suicide by hanging. Louis is distraught by the loss of his girlfriend, Blanche, and is so grateful that he attaches himself to Antoine. Antoine arranges a job for Louis - as a sommelier at Chez Jean and sets about trying to repair Louis' life... Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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A very tasty comedy with a little French twist.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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17 December 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

After You  »

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Opening Weekend:

$25,504 (USA) (3 June 2005)

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$826,220 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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Garcia's character's grandma is his grandma in real life. See more »

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Christine: How's the chicken?
Louis: Dead.
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La Ruse des plantes
Written & Performed by Camille Bazbaz
© EMI Music Publishing et Les Éditions Pelicas
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Gentle, Poignant Screwball Romantic Comedy
20 June 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Après vous..." is a gentle, screwball cross between "Cyrano" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," or, more accurately probably, its French progenitor "Boudu sauvé des eaux."

Daniel Auteuil very expressively plays a much put upon Good Samaritan, whose life and identity get more and more entangled with the object of his personal philanthropy. While the employment and romantic lengths that he goes to in helping his hapless beneficiary, who shares some foibles with TV's Monk, stretch believability, he is very amusing and certainly the viewer gets as caught up as he is in the ensuing complications, even if they do seem a bit endless.

One of its charms is that all the characters have saving graces. Unlike similar American movies, characters who are in the way of the inevitable are not shrill and the screenplay, co-written by director Pierre Salvadori, is not mean or condescending to them, as there is equal poignancy and laughter.

There may be additional jokes about French restaurants and cuisine that lose something in the U.S. as this is almost as much a restaurant movie as "Dinner Rush" or "Big Night." The English subtitles, when they are not white on white, have poor grammar and spelling, including inconsistency of a character's name.

The repeating amusing sounding pop tunes on the soundtrack seem to have some significance, but the lyrics are not translated.


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