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

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 December 2003 (France)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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Antoine Letoux
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Louis
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Blanche Grimaldi
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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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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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$1,768,523 (France) (19 December 2003)

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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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Blanche: I'm not an easy girl... but I'm very reconciliating.
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Sur le bout de la langue
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Boudu Saved from Drowning--21st Century Version
27 August 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Après vous (2003), directed by Pierre Salvadori, has the same basic plot as Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932). In both films, someone saves the life of a person. This person then causes endless problems for the rescuer.

Daniel Auteuil (Antoine) is the senior waiter in an elegant restaurant in Paris. He's skilled and respected at work, and has a wonderful girlfriend named Christine (Marilyne Canto). Antoine has the misfortune of saving Louis (José Garcia) from death by suicide.

Louis is a loser in life and in romance. He has attempted suicide because of his rejection by the love of his life, Blanche (Sandrine Kiberlain).

All this takes place within the first ten minutes of the movie. The remainder of the film follows these four characters as they go down an amusing--but fairly predictable--road.

Certain things don't come together. For example, Blanche is considered the epitome of female virtues, but, other than her long, slender neck, I didn't see much that was attractive about her appearance or her personality.

The best scene in the film is that between Antoine and Louis' Grandmother. The late Andrée Tainsy was 92 (!) years old when she played this role.

This movie is not obnoxious, but it's far from a masterpiece. My suggestion--rent Boudu Saved from Drowning (Boudu Sauvé des Eaux) and watch how a master director handles a similar plot.


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