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...And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004)

Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 25 August 2004 (France)
Is the love compatible with coupledom? And what of freedom and fidelity? These are some of the questions facing two married men.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sébastien Vidal ...
Chloé Combret ...
Christiane Oui-Oui ...
La femme de chambre
Carolina Gynning ...
Ben Attal ...
Mme Gibson
Sujay Sood ...
M. Gibson
Ruben Marx ...
Le client du garage


What makes a marriage? Georges and Natalie argue and shout constantly; Fred, a bachelor playboy approaching 50, sleeps with many women, loving them all, living with none. Vincent, nearing 40, best friend of Georges and Fred, is married to Gabrielle and they have a son. He keeps his feelings to himself. He and Gabrielle are playful and passionate with each other, then bored and detached. Is Vincent holding back, and if so, why? A colleague accuses him of believing in romantic fairy tales. Gabrielle imagines them separated. Are the basics of life women working and men chasing skirts? Is marriage the alternative to possibilities? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Happily Ever After  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,226,107 (France) (27 August 2004)


$252,341 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal play parents to their real-life son Ben Attal See more »


Georges: [subtitled version]
[after walking in on someone else's wife]
Georges: I got the wrong door. Not like it's a crime! I got the wrong door. Let's call the police. "You're surrounded. You got the wrong door.
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Interesting characters - but no substance
8 January 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After watching the very enjoyable 'My wife is an actress' I had high hopes for 'Happily ever after', alas, the experience was disappointing. Attal started by creating interesting, complex, and even likable characters but was not able to shed any light on his premise, that is 'does or can monogamy work and if how' and cops out in the end with a nonsensical elevator ride into the sky with Gabrielle and l'inconnu Johnny Depp inside. Attal was able to set up its premise nicely during the first half of the movie, then, like feeling himself that he actually has nothing to say really, tried to save the day with whimsical 'musical' numbers, mostly terrible sentimental songs to terrible sentimental montages. He might have tried to make ironical statements with that but it comes over as if he's trying to appeal to the masses and feed them some 'Amalie' moments. The film presents itself very energetic from the beginning, with excellent cinematography and lighting, though a bit too fast cut. All female roles - with the exceptions of Attals real world wife Charlotte Gainsbourg seem to be afterthoughts as he himself admits in an interview and it shows. While they could have added some insight into the 'premise' they haven't been asked to do so by the writer/director.

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