The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles 'Charlie' Dagout
Patrick Mille ...
Jean-François 'Jeff' Marolles
Elisa Tovati ...
Nicolas Marié ...
Alfred Duler
Dominique Bettenfeld ...
Jean-Christian Gagnant
Antoine Basler ...
Marc Maronnier
Fosco Perinti ...
Giovanni Di Toro
Cendrine Orcier ...
Dan Herzberg ...
Arsène Mosca ...
Le dealer
Niels Dubost ...
Père Groobad
Aurélie Boquien ...
Mère Groobad
Mathis Jamet ...
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The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

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I'm the most influential bastard in 2000 years.


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26 September 2007 (France)  »

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Each time Octave Parango (played by Jean Dujardin) is in a bad trip, Frédéric Beigbeder appears. It certainly reffers to the fact that Beigbeder worked himself in an advertising agency as Octave in the movie. See more »


When Octave's version of the Starlight commercial is shown on television for the first time, the blob of yogurt on his eyebrow disappears and reappears between takes. See more »


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Everything is worse that you thought or how to please an audience
25 September 2007 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This movie is in a way better than the book. That does not mean much because it is obviously a subjective remark, but there is a plot you can enjoy, and enough creativity in the montage and the way the film is made to obtain an original "product". Visually it is new, and good. It is all very artistic and graphic, without hindering the scenario. You get to see the beauty of superficiality and the cold hard reality of depression and drug abuse behind excessive behaviors. It is a succession of canvases with an elaborate plot. The acting is just great (Jean Dujardin, Vahina Giocante,...), and you follow the characters into their life introspection without doubting a second of how much real they all are. Paradoxically, you will laugh. The few appearances of the author, F. Beigbeder are, you could think, to remain you of the fact that this film was inspired from a book since you tend to forget that fact and enjoy a new story. There are so much novelty in the narration that you enjoy the film with a new eye, as a new story. If you read the book, you'll find some nice reminder and an inch of novelty to adapt the film to 2007. If you have never heard of the book, you will have a nice display of the secrets of how to sell anything through commercials thanks to the advertising business. You will also get to grasp the meaningless of it all. The film is slightly political, but it does not force your judgment with subliminal messages and ready-made ideas. That way, it's always entertaining. It's sometimes a loud movie, but it's definitely worth the ticket seat. This film is truly original and provides a real cinema experience.

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