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Shall We Kiss? (2007) More at IMDbPro »Un baiser s'il vous plaît (original title)

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Shall We Kiss? -- When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride, and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel's offer of "a kiss without consequences".
Shall We Kiss? -- When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride, and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel's offer of "a kiss without consequences" ...


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12 December 2007 (France) See more »
True love is a complicated affair.
When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride, and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously... See more » | Add synopsis »
Shall We Kiss?
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 7 March 2008)

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  (in credits order)

Virginie Ledoyen ... Judith

Emmanuel Mouret ... Nicolas

Julie Gayet ... Émilie

Michaël Cohen ... Gabriel
Stefano Accorsi ... Claudio

Frédérique Bel ... Câline
Mélanie Maudran ... Pénélope
Marie Madinier ... Églantine
Lucciana de Vogüe ... Louise
Jacques Lafoly ... Le garçon au restaurant
François Aubineau ... Professeur du lycée
Camille Rince ... Elève de la salle des profs
Cédric Naimi ... Pharmacien

Léopold Simalty ... Collègue du pharmacien
Nathalie Bizot ... Femme de l'ordonnance
Anne Denieul ... Collègue de Judith
Laurent Pons ... Professeur de tennis
Pascal Goblot ... Homme soirée
Emilie Bourlès ... Femme soirée
Aurélia Touati ... La collègue de Câline
Pierre Emily ... Voleur de portable

Directed by
Emmanuel Mouret 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Emmanuel Mouret 

Produced by
Frédéric Niedermayer .... producer
Cinematography by
Laurent Desmet 
Film Editing by
Martial Salomon 
Production Design by
David Faivre 
Production Management
Diana Angulo .... administratrice de production
Xavier Bonnet .... assistant unit manager
Gaëtane Josse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guillaume Brac .... second assistant director
Virginie Legeay .... second assistant director
Pierrick Vautier .... first assistant director
Art Department
Yann Cannamela .... assistant art director
Lionel Dijoux .... construction coordinator
Anne-Karin Mordos .... assistant art director
Danloup Olivier .... props
Sound Department
Maxime Gavaudan .... sound recordist
Daniel Gries .... foley artist
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
François Méreu .... sound mixer
Mélissa Petitjean .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Carole Ardoin .... second assistant camera
Philippe Brindejonc .... electrician
Pascal Chantier .... still photographer
Jean-Guy Cheny .... grip
Pierre Emily .... key grip
Guillaume Leturgie .... electrician
Claire Nicol .... first assistant camera
Olivier Sargatal .... gaffer
Bertrand Trividic .... additional electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florie Vaslin .... costume supervisor
Florie Vaslin .... costumer
Editorial Department
Mathilde Delacroix .... color timer
Gwenaëlle Hubert .... assistant editor
Other crew
Tony Arnoux .... press attache
Eric Jamier .... catering services
Anita Jimmy .... press attache
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Rémi Burah .... thanks
Jessica Chamot .... thanks
Henri Ernst .... thanks
Cécile Felsenberg .... thanks
Frédéric Jouve .... thanks
Charles Lakehal .... thanks
Anne Séverine Lucas-Dian .... thanks
Roland Moncorger .... thanks
Michel Reilhac .... thanks
Dorothée Sebbagh .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Un baiser s'il vous plaît" - France (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Unrated

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French visa # 115813.See more »
Continuity: When Caline is in the club reading the book while waiting for Claudio, in the long shot she is hiding behind it. In the next shot, it is lower so her face can be seen.See more »
Slavonic Dances, Op. 72/No. 2 in E minor (Allegretto grazioso)See more »


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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Woody meets Eric--and they make beautiful (light) music together, 16 February 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

We deserve to know more about Emmanuel Mouret, whose films Variety critic Derek Elley has with good reason called a combination of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer. Like Woody, Mouret not only writes and directs but is his own delicately droll romantic comedy lead--who combines suggestions of Mr. Allen with M. Jean-Pierre Léaud and Mr. Petter Sellers. How come this is his sixth film and Americans haven't seen any of them? Perhaps because Mouret is a modest filmmaker, who works his way up gradually, adding a few more minutes each time: from 50, he went up to 76, then 85, and this time he's been bold enough to go to 100 minutes. This time, besides himself, following his well-received 2006 Change of Address/Changement d'adresse, which was part of the Diorector's Fortnight at Cannes, he's engaged Julie Gayet, Vieginie Ledoyen, and Stefano Accorsi as co-stars.

Shall We Kiss/Un baiser s'il vous plait is an ingeniously (at one or two moments almost too ingeniously) constructed story-within-a-story. The beauty of it is that the frame-tale is so well-written and acted that we care about visiting textile designer Emilie (Julie Gayet) and Gabriel (Michael Cohen), who gives her a ride on a visit to Nantes, parlays that into a dinner date, then asks her for a goodnight kiss--though the body of the film is the story Emilie tells Gabriel to explain why she thinks even that one kiss would be a dangerous thing. Emilie and Gabriel are a sexy couple, and the suspension of that kiss really keeps viewers holding their breath even as they enjoy the surprises and machinations that now unfold. Mouret's humane and entertaining film is full of a sense of how delicate romantic feelings are and how seamlessly in a courtship the clumsy and the comic and the beautiful can blend into one another. Perhaps best of all, the writer-director envisions a contemporary world in which such a thing as courtship, with its presumption of mutual respect and good manners among all concerned, can still exist.

Emilie's narrative brings in lab researcher Judith (Ledoyen), best friend of math teacher Nicolas (Mouret), who explains to her in one of their weekly tete-a-tetes that he's become so starved for "closeness" (complicité) that to be in the mood to initiate a new relationship he needs a little physical affection--and a kiss--to open him up. He's tried prostitutes, but like the young hustler protagonist of Techine's movie, they "don't kiss"--so that essential "complicité" is lacking. Shyly he asks Judith to help out. Their first attempts at intimacy are ludicrously tentative--with very French discussion back and forth about what to do next before each move forward. They wind up having sex, and though Judith lives with pharmacist Claudio (Accorsi) and (because the renewal of "closeness" apparently "worked") Nicolas soon meets and starts cohabiting with Caline ("Cuddles," Frederique Bel), the two "best friends" eventually have to admit that they can't forget the electricity of their physical encounter. Judith has to grant she isn't so crazy about Claudio any more, and Nicolas hasn't really fallen for Caline and is just hoping he might, later.

Mouret's art is in the way he plays with the old idea of people who have trouble recognizing their own feelings, and the cliché, existing only to be smashed, that best friends can't become lovers. Eventually the inevitable must be recognized. It isn't hard for Nicolas to sit down at a bar and tell Caline he's found someone else he cares about more, and she takes it with aplomb. But Emilie cares too much about Claudio to dump him, and she knows he has never looked at anyone else and has fragile feelings. An elaborate ruse is devised based on Claudio's passion for Schubert, and enlisting help from the cooperative Caline.

All this reminds Gabriel of something that happened to him....which is where the storytelling becomes rather intricate.

The ending is ingenious, but the fun is getting there, and the way Mouret's straightforward direction, simple camera-work, and above all his witty, well-paced dialogue keep the audience consistently engaged and delighted. The music always keeps it light--and smart, with Tchaikovsky ballet music leading off many of the early scenes, and Schubert chamber and solo piano music warmly fleshing out the emotional tone as the romance becomes more intense and more complicated. If you can watch this without having fun maybe you just don't like romantic comedy--at least not the French kind.

Shown as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, February 29-March 9, 2008; this opened in France December 12, 2007.

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