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Not on the Lips (2003)

Pas sur la bouche (original title)
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Not on the Lips  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 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
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Well, hush ma mouf ...
26 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Alain Resnais, darling of the avant garde, continues his journey back to the mainstream and, let's face it, BEYOND the mainstream, with this lush photography of even lusher decors and costumes by Vanity Fair out of Vogue. Nothing wrong with that, of course, if you can get past the hypocrisy. Here we have, set in the twenties, that old standby the second husband who has to cut a deal with his wife's ex, a sister-in-law and two ingenues thrown in for good measure with everyone breaking into song at the drop of a lorgnette. Pierre Arditi does suave as if he invented it and whether by design or accident contrives to sound like Charles Boyer on medication;Mrs. Resnais, Sabine Azema does style as effortlessly as Astaire and Audrey Tatou has cornered the current market in gorgeous. This should be enough to either encourage or deter you. 6/10

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