Comme les autres (2008)

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They were the perfect loving couple, well, almost.Emmanuel wanted a child but Philippe didn't. One day, however, Emmanuel decides to take the plunge, at the risk of losing Philippe. But how do you make a child when you are gay?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Le docteur Emmanuel François Xavier Bernier dit / Manu
Josefina Maria Paredes dite : Fina
Pascal Elbé ...
Andrée Damant ...
Marc Duret ...
Liliane Cebrian ...
María, la mère de Fina
Luis Jaime Cortez ...
Luis, le père de Fina
Catherine Erhardy ...
Mme Charpentier - l'assistante sociale
L'assistant social
Marc Robert ...
Inspecteur de police
Agathe Chouchan ...
Lesbienne 1
Esther Sironneau ...
Lesbienne 2
Juliette Degenne ...
Lesbienne 3


Manu, a gay pediatrician in his forties, would be perfectly happy if he could adopt a child and bring him or her up with his partner, Philippe, a lawyer. Where the shoe pinches is that Philippe is pleased with his present life and will not have it spoiled by the invading presence of a wailing brat. Unable to find an agreement the two lovers part. Manu, although shaken, is single-minded about finding a surrogate mother, willing to give him the child he craves. Fina, an Argentine beauty trying to get a job, but held back because of her lack of immigrant papers, might do the job for him in exchange for a marriage of convenience. However, as Blaise Pascal would put it, "The heart has reasons that Reason cannot know". Written by Guy Bellinger

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3 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Baby Love  »

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'Jonathan Zaccai', Julien Boisselier and Consigny were approached to play roles in the film. See more »


Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizás, Quizás, Quizás)
Written by Osvaldo Farrés and Joe Davis
English lyrics by Doris Day
Sung by Doris Day
From album 'Latin For Lovers' (Columbia Records, 1965)
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When a gay man in Paris wants to be a father
16 April 2010 | by (deep in the heart of Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a thoroughly French film. It has a light dry wit running through it with many little surprises along the way. Both humorous and painfully touching at times, it's never less than attentive to its main characters and their plights.

When Manu leans on his partner Phillipe to adopt a child their partnership goes awry. A gay man is not allowed to adopt in France and only married couples are allowed to have children via artificial insemination. This makes things very difficult. To be legal, Manu must marry.

Given the French way with a story this could have turned into farce but the director hues to the narrow path and tells the story without getting silly. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

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