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Ugly Melanie (2008)

Vilaine (original title)
This is the story of too nice girl who one day decides to become evil. And who will find out it is not so easy to do wrong when you have always been nice.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mélanie Lupin
Aurore Cahier
Pierre-François Martin-Laval ...
Joséphine de Meaux ...
Innocent Drogba (as Thomas Ngijol)
Chantal Lauby ...
La mère de Mélanie
Gil Alma ...
Liliane Rovère ...
Grand-mère Mélanie
Narrateur (voice)
Charles Meurisse ...
Eric Laugérias ...
Le policier 'éléphant'
Théo Ponce-Ludier ...
Le gamin aux fleurs
Léa Pelletant ...
La mère de Blandine
Isabelle Mazin ...
Madame Lepinsec


This is the story of too nice girl who one day decides to become evil. And who will find out it is not so easy to do wrong when you have always been nice.

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They call her ugly. She's gonna act ugly.




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Performed by Jean-François Maurice
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Darn good farcical comedy not for the faint of heart. "Amelie" turns sour :)!
4 March 2010 | by (Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Some films are born ordinary, others base their strength in the unusual. Vilaine is of the 2nd kind as you must have guessed.

Mélanie Lupin is the perfect actress for this, so much she seems to be born for the role. She's not that ugly, but the way she walks, talks and acts is what makes she darn... unpleasant. And that is enough for making her evil... in a very funny way.

Beautifully ugly Frédérique Bel, from "Petits meutres en famille", "Drôle de Noël!" and others, is here again a hateful dumb leggy blonde. Blandine is even better, with her shrill voice and the most kitsch of museums as her legacy. And Jessica, my God. The dumbest being around, vulgar, and pretty nice, an explosive combination :)! If you are familiar with French TV, it's particularly funny to see her participate in the popular TV questions programs like "Des chiffres et des lettres", with the real life conductors being put off by her utter stupidity. Jonathan (the hunk), Aymeric (the coveted eligible bachelor), Martinez! as the crass stingy boss who is really just a sorry chap. Melanie's mother and grandma are also great. My favourite scene is probably Blandine's nightmare, with the pensioners as the "Night of the living dead", a good metaphor of the sorry state of old people, even in advanced wealthy democracies. Same goes for ugly people.

Like on most well told stories, nothing is in vain. Innocent Drogba has no legal residence and can't read? Bear that in mind. An elephant ran away on Saint Valentine? It will be important later, believe it or not :). Creativity abounds in this film, like few others.

Music is extremely well chosen, it shows subtle knowledge and a great sense of humour.

Thanks to an IMDb reviewer I learn that Berry is a daughter of a well known actress, and it's no wonder. Don't miss the end credits, during the credits she shows she's really capable of doing ANYTHING funny :)!

Not for everybody, but don't miss this odd comedy!

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