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The Valet (2006) More at IMDbPro »La doublure (original title)

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The Valet -- A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.
The Valet -- A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.

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Release Date:
29 March 2006 (Belgium) See more »
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One of the best romantic French comedies! See more »
Plot:
A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Pleasantly Surprised See more (35 total) »

Cast

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Gad Elmaleh ... François Pignon

Alice Taglioni ... Elena

Daniel Auteuil ... Levasseur

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Christine
Richard Berry ... Maître Foix

Virginie Ledoyen ... Émilie

Dany Boon ... Richard
Michel Jonasz ... André

Michel Aumont ... Le Médecin
Laurent Gamelon ... Paul
Patrick Mille ... Pascal
Michèle Garcia ... Louise
Philippe Magnan ... Berman
Jean-Yves Chilot ... Hervé (as Jean Yves Chilot)
Irina Ninova ... Marie
Philippe Beglia ... Maître d'Hôtel

Noémie Lenoir ... Karine
Sandra Moreno ... Secrétaire Levasseur
Jean-Pol Brissart ... Mauricet (as Jean Pol Brissart)
Philippe Brigaud ... Monsieur Hervé
Alexandre Brik ... Ken
Thierry Humbert ... Paparazzi
Paulette Frantz ... Mère de Richard
Thierry Nenez ... Perrache

Karl Lagerfeld ... Karl Lagerfeld
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Directed by
Francis Veber 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Veber 

Produced by
Patrice Ledoux .... producer
Francesco Pamphili .... co-producer
Francis Veber .... associate producer
Candice Zaccagnino .... executive producer: Columbia Pictures
 
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse 
 
Film Editing by
Georges Klotz 
 
Casting by
Françoise Menidrey 
 
Production Design by
Dominique André 
 
Art Direction by
Benoît Bechet 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Bouchard 
 
Makeup Department
Laurent Bozzi .... key hair stylist
Joël Lavau .... key makeup artist
Fulvio Pozzobon .... key hair stylist
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Yann Arnaud .... unit production manager
Dimitri Billecocq .... unit manager
Philippe Desmoulins .... production manager
André Labbouz .... post-production supervisor
Stéphane Riou .... assistant unit manager
Bernard Seitz .... production manager
Valentin Tourdjman .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Breteau .... assistant assistant director
Olivier Falkowski .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Jordan Santoul .... assistant assistant director
 
Art Department
Lionel Callari .... property master
Thierry Carini .... construction coordinator
Mathieu Chatagnon .... ripper
Sarah Cherrier .... painter
Hervé Guignot .... key carpenter
Yvan Hart .... head plasterer
Pascal Leguellec .... assistant art director
Sophie Loncq .... upholsterer
Danielle Mainard .... set dresser
Antonio Nogueira .... dressing props
Frédéric Pesquer .... upholsterer
Thierry Doerflinger .... plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... assistant sound
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Vincent Cosson .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Desjonquères .... supervising sound editor
Séverin Favriau .... assistant sound editor
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronization
Armelle Mahé .... foley recording engineer
Françoise Maulny .... post-synchronisation assistant (as Françoise Maulny-Lévy)
Franck Tassel .... assistant foley artist
Isabelle Tat .... post-synchronisation assistant
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Arnaud Chelet .... visual effects supervisor
Jacques Delzescaux .... digital artist
Roxane Fechner .... visual effects set supervisor
Émilie Feret .... visual effects coordinator
Yannick Folliard .... visual effects coordinator
Marc Latil .... digital artist
Malika Mazauric .... digital artist
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects designer
Raymond Terrentin .... digital colorist
 
Stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Agostini .... electrician
Yves Agostini .... camera operator
Stéphane Birzin .... grip
Etienne Chopin .... assistant to assistant camera
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Steve de Rocco .... second assistant camera
Dominique Delguste .... additional camera operator
Alain Herpe .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer
Steve Moreau .... additional first assistant camera
Yvon Sausseau .... key grip
Christian Thurot .... generator operator
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Franck Jouard .... extras casting
Géraldine Mouton .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Bouvier .... costumer
Florie Vaslin .... wardrobe
Alice Vieille de Vivaise .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jerome Brechet .... colorist assistant
Viviane Gourvest .... assistant editor
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... dailies color grader
Gerard Savary .... color timer
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
 
Music Department
Michel Jonasz .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Martine Audouard .... assistant script supervisor
Martine Bourdon .... assistant administrator
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... production assistant (as Ghislaine Martinotto)
Sandra Cornevaux .... press attache (as Sandra Corneveaux)
Romain Courtine .... location manager
Françoise Della Libera .... production administrator
Dario Faniglione .... assistant to production manager
Claude Fenioux .... financial consultant
Marie Kerhoas .... production assistant
Valérie Novel .... location scout
Monique Pautas .... financial controller
Alexandra Schamis .... press attache
Isabelle Thévenet .... script supervisor (as Isabelle Perrin-Thévenet)
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production administrator
 
Thanks
Karl Lagerfeld .... very special thanks
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Athalys  post-production facilities
  • Chanel  special thanks: models and collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld
  • Lanvin  costumes: Daniel Auteuil and Richard Berry
  • Yves Saint Laurent  costumes: Kristin Scott Thomas
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La doublure" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
Runtime:
France:85 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Near the end, the father of François Pignon tells him that he is invited to a dinner to talk about his corkscrews collection. This is a reference to another Francis Veber movie, The Dinner Game (1998), in which a likable idiot (also called François Pignon) is invited to a dinner on the pretext of talking about his match constructions.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Both Francois and Emilie purposely avoid going to Luigi's for lunch, but run into each other at another restaurant. However, in the next scene, Elena asks Francois "Did I upset the girl at Luigi's?"See more »
Quotes:
François Pignon:A man comes home to watch T.V. It's not normal.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'The Valet' (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
No particular place to goSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pleasantly Surprised, 29 January 2008
Author: MooVBoy from United States

I'm 50/50 on foreign films as subtitles often give me tired-head. Having said that, this film is surprisingly witty, well-paced and in the spirit of La Cage Aux Folles or Victor/Victoria - without musical numbers.

If you've seen and enjoyed the original or foreign versions of The Monster, Night on Earth or the aforementioned La Cage Aux Folles or Victor/Victoria you shouldn't be disappointed. Like most recent releases it's long on closeups and two-shots yet lacks intimacy - which is OK for comedies of the ilk. And in the final analysis, the spirit of wacky comedy is clearly presented in a way that only the French conceive.

While not the pinnacle of Veber's cinematic achievements, it's certainly no bust. By comparison, the American master of this genre, Blake Edwards, has had his fair share of hits and misses and I could easily see him directing the American version.

In a nutshell, it's a nice little date rental - cute romance with a touch of culture and a lot of humor.

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