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Times Have Been Better (2006)
"Le ciel sur la tête" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  11 April 2007 (France)
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When a 30-something gay guy comes out to his ostensibly liberal parents, things don't go according to plan.

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Rosine
Bernard Le Coq ...
Guy
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Jérémy
Olivier Guéritée ...
Robin
Franck de la Personne ...
Yvan, le directeur du journal (as Franck De LaPersonne)
Stéphane Boucher ...
Pascal
Thierry Desroses ...
Serge
Chantal Ladesou ...
Nicole
Pierre Deny ...
Marc
Jacqueline Duzan ...
Secretaire Usine
Joel Barc ...
Olivier Usine
Fadia Oudjani ...
Sylvie (vendreuse bureal de labac)
Sylvain Pillet ...
Le Syndicaliste
Chantal Ravalec ...
Mme Lechabre
Frédéric Kneip ...
Patrick
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Yvan, le directeur du journal: You know, I have a sister who's a nutcase. I don't ask you any questions to understand her just because you're straight like her. When did you and I meet? Must have been six months ago, right? I can't become your consultant on homosexuality just like that.
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Opening the Closet Door: Perils and Rewards
10 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TIMES HAVE BEEN BETTER (Le Ciel sur la tête) is a polished little French 'made for television' film that holds its own on every level in the theater and on DVD. The issues it tackles are many, not just the main topic of coming out to a family. This is one of the better, more fully rounded examinations of the contemporary family in recent years. Based on a story and screenplay by Nicholas Mercier and directed by Régis Musset, this is a sophisticated comedy with some sensitive dramatic overtones presented by a fine cast and superb production values.

Jérémy (Arnaud Binard) is the wholly successful business executive son of Rosine (the amazingly fine actress Charlotte de Turckheim) and Guy (Bernard Le Coq) and big brother to Robin (Olivier Guéritée). When he pays a surprise visit to his home for an impromptu brunch, his family is in fine spirits until the reason for the surprise visit is made known: Jérémy announces to his parents that he is gay and though Robin has known this fact for some time and Rosine has suspected it, the news hits the family unit by storm. Jérémy returns to Paris to his partner Marc (Pierre Deny) and while relieved that he can now live his life in the open, Jérémy frets about the trauma to his family unit. Robin gathers the courage to rebel against going to college in favor of following his dream of being involved with cinema, Guy goes into a true depression, and Rosine decides to face the new life of her son, traveling to Paris to meet her son's home and friends and fresh outlook. While in Paris Rosine discovers her own suppressed needs and with the courage Jérémy has shown, she is able to return to her home an altered person.

The cast is very attractive and very fine and story flows so naturally, completely without cliché, that the movie becomes more a study of human behavior than of a routine 'coming out' movie. Well worth the viewer's time. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp


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