A Spot of Bother (2009)
"Une petite zone de turbulences" (original title)

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Retired Englishman George Hall's hypochondria worsens and takes its toll on his family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Blanc ...
Jean-Paul Muret
Anne Muret
Cathie Muret
Philippe Faure
Cyril Descours ...
Mathieu Muret
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Yannick Renier ...
Jolhan Martin ...
Nathalie Richard ...
La psy
Marie-Christine Orry ...
Tante Lucie
Dominique Parent ...
Oncle Alain
David Seigneur ...
Céline Cuignet ...
Rosette ...


Retired Englishman George Hall's hypochondria worsens and takes its toll on his family.

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13 January 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Spot of Bother  »

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€9,880,000 (estimated)

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Jean-Paul Muret: [subtitled version] Men sleeping together, I can imagine: on missions at sea or in space; to keep up morale; like a good workout; handshake and a shower afterwards. What disturbs me is the idea of men buying furniture together.
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Ill Windbag
14 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Michel Blanc is as fine a triple-threat (writer-director-actor) as any currently working in French cinema but although offered the chance to direct this title he contented himself with adapting the English novel and playing the lead role. As it happens he is joined by some fine French actors from veterans like Miou-Miou to a younger generation in the shape of Melanie Doutey and Gilles Lellouche. There is, of course, nothing new in our old friend the dysfunctional family but in the hands of these actors it is painless. Blanc, of course, is the patriarch, newly retired and building an extension to his already impressive property. Being a full-time hypochondriac he blows a spot on his back into a life-threatening cancer despite medical assurance that there is nothing wrong with him and his preoccupation, not to say obsession, renders him more or less oblivious to long-time wife Miou-Miou's affair with a family friend, his son's anguish about his gay relationship and his divorced daughter (Melanie Doutey's) less than ideal chance of a second husband, Gilles Lellouche who is one baguette short of a croc monsieur. Like all feelgood movies it comes out all right in the end and for us, the audience, it provides a pleasant couple of hours.

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