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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.
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Release Date:
1 June 2007 (USA) See more »
One of the best romantic French comedies! See more »
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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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

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 .... tapestry
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
Nabil Fathi .... 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
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

Additional Details

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

Director Trademark: [Francis Veber] [François Pignon]features a likeable idiot called François Pignon.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the president yells at Francois and his lawyer hang up the phone, you can see that the CISCO IP Phone is not even working and has the wrong date. There is no way someone would have been able to make a phone call using that phone.See more »
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 »
Happy birthday to youSee more »


How does it end?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Seductive Word Surprises, 15 November 2010
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Needing something lightly comic, Veber was my man.

His "The Closet" was trivial, but few trivial things are amusing and fondly recalled. Here, with a different actor, is the same character with much the same quality.

I won't bother you with the story. It doesn't matter. What matters is the way the humor is designed. Essentially all the humor is in the lines. There is no physical comedy here and almost no visual comedy. It is mostly in the dialog. Here is the trick: where other comedy is episodic and/or depends on a zany pace, this has pretty much a normal world, and normal pace. You cannot read the warning signs that a joke is coming. It could appear at any moment, and does from the very beginning.

So very early in the game we are trained to engage ourself very closely and pay attention. This is painless because the world we invest in is so light. We need erect no barriers. Because we open ourselves so, we anticipate what might be funny, investing in the possibility. The form of the thing enlists us in making funny.

This is easy to test. I believe it to be true, and honorably delicate in the way it helps us live.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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