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Podium (2004)

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Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married and with a son. He used to have antother profession: to be French star Claude Francois. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming up, ... See full summary »

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Couscous
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Véro
Marie Guillard ...
Vanessa
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Anne
Odile Vuillemin ...
Odile
Nadège Beausson-Diagne ...
Nadège
Nicolas Jouxtel ...
Sébastien
Olivier Mag ...
Claude David
Evelyne Thomas ...
Herself / Elle-même
Karine Lyachenko ...
Jacqueline
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Monsieur Lombard
Dominique Besnehard ...
Le psychologue
Armelle ...
Laure
Thomas Derichebourg ...
Le garçon restaurant à volonté
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Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married and with a son. He used to have antother profession: to be French star Claude Francois. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming up, he must choose between his wife or the only thing that makes him fully happy: the applause. Written by Bruno Benton

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Name: Bernard Frédéric. Job: Claude François.

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11 February 2004 (Belgium)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$5,942,752 (France) (13 February 2004)

Gross:

$17,708,315 (France) (19 March 2004)
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Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde (playing Bernard) suffered from allergies caused by the glue that held his wig during the production of this movie. It is reported that the allergies were so severe that part of his face turned purple. See more »

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Referenced in Jean-Philippe (2006) See more »

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Chanson populaire (ça s'en va et ça revient)
Performed by Benoît Poelvoorde
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Poelvoorde may be the funniest man on earth
26 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "C'est arrivé près de chez-vous"(Man bites dog) about ten years ago and I was amazed by the whole thing.The darkest humor ever,sick violent scenes,and of course,the Man himself.Poelvoorde plays a violent maniac but he's funny and charismatic at the same time.Fast forward to 2005:I realised there was a new movie with that guy that I've never seen in another film.I didn't know that much about Claude Francois,but I had to see Poelvoorde in another role.Here he plays Bernard Frédéric,an ex-imitator of Cloclo.He stopped his "career" in show-business when his wife,Véro, gave an ultimatum.So now he has a boring job,9 to 5, a son, a "normal" life. But when he learns that there is an imitator contest on prime time TV,his passion takes over.So many funny scenes in this movie! The auditions of his "Clodettes"(he's so rude with them ,can't watch it without laughing)the psycho-therapist,the introduction of his partner Couscous,the sex scene in which he changes his love tempo depending what Claude song he has in mind,...Add to this a great soundtrack, dancing, beautiful women in there Clodettes suit, a happy ending and you have 90 minutes of pure joy.I can't wait to see the long version.


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