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Not on the Lips (2003)
"Pas sur la bouche" (original title)

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A musical drawing room farce set in Paris in October, 1925. Gilberte, in middle-age, flirts with men but loves her husband Georges, wishing he were more demonstrative. He's negotiating a ... See full summary »



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A musical drawing room farce set in Paris in October, 1925. Gilberte, in middle-age, flirts with men but loves her husband Georges, wishing he were more demonstrative. He's negotiating a deal with an American, Eric Thomson, who turns out to be Gilberte's first husband from an annulled and secret stateside marriage. Along with her sister Arlette, Gilberte begs Eric not to tell Georges about the marriage. Meanwhile, a young artist, Charly, pursues Gilberte while Arlette tries to match him with the young Huguette, who loves him. Will Eric play along or try to re-win Gilberte's affection? Can Gilberte play one off against another? And who will manage to kiss whom on the lips? Written by <>

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Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France)  »

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Not on the Lips  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,147,958 (France) (5 December 2003)


$1,852,033 (France) (12 December 2003)

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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2.35 : 1
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Pas sur la bouche
Music by Maurice Yvain
Libretto by André Barde
Performed by Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Nanty, Audrey Tautou, Pierre Arditi,
Jalil Lespert, Daniel Prévost and Lambert Wilson
Conducted by Bruno Fontaine
Arranged by Bruno Fontaine
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Almost Perfect! It Should be in the West End or Broadway!
17 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, I didn't know that this was a musical comedy. The French make the best films around with character driven story lines. This film has a first rate cast but I didn't care for Lambert Wilson's performance as the American, Eric Thomson. I did love Isabelle Nanty as Arlette, the old maid. She was perfect and memorable. Arlette's sister, Gilberte, has a problem. She has three men in her life including her unsuspecting second husband who thinks he's her first, her first American husband, Eric Thomson, who comes to Paris on business, and a young male artist/teacher Charly who prefers older women. The film is first rate in art direction, costumes, music, casting, and writing. I felt Lambert Wilson was out of place and out of tune as the American. But still, this film has memorable characters and can cheer you right up.

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