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Arnaud Paumelle
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Babette Paumelle
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Lucien Paumelle
Valérie Benguigui ...
Karine Paumelle
Veronica Novak ...
Tatiana
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Carter
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Rémy, le mari de Babette
Flore Babled ...
Julie
Max Renaudin Pratt ...
Simon (as Max Renaudin)
Emma Siniavski ...
Sorina
Marie Agnès Brigot ...
Mme Delbard (as Marie-Agnès Brigot)
Luc-Antoine Diquéro ...
Le bénévole
Cidalia Valente ...
Mme Da Silva
Aude Léger ...
Réceptionniste
Benjamin Atlan ...
Théo
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Lucien Paumelle has been a human rights activist for decades and his relatives are not astonished when he announces that he is determined to help illegal immigrants by giving them shelter in his apartment. But they are downright appalled when they meet the undocumented aliens for the fist time, a little girl named Sorina and, mostly her mother, Tatiana, a twenty-eight-year old sex bomb. To make matters worse, Lucien offhandedly tells his next of kin that he has just ... married Tatiana. How will Arnaud, his son, and Babette, his daughter, react? Written by Guy Bellinger

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French certificate # 121101 delivered on 24-11-2009. See more »

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Impromptu Opus 90 N°3 D899 in G-flat major
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Shows how intelligent a glossy French comedy can be
9 June 2010 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

An interesting glossy French bourgeois comedy that has serious overtones. This is a study of the blindness of do-gooding, the selfishness of an old man, seeking to rediscover his youth, the limits of charity. A wealthy man, a retired doctor, takes in an eastern European woman and her young daughter and marries her so she can work in France and eventually have secure status. Little by little he falls in love with her and they become sexually involved despite the great gap between their ages. From the beginning the man's daughter and son find the woman offensive, crude, annoying. Only later they realize that she is threatening to destroy their sense of family and cut them off from their father and their patrimony. Fabrice Lucchini has never been better than he is here as the worldly-wise lawyer son Arnaud Paumelle, who at first grants the father the right to do what he wants, but then reaches the point where he must put his foot down. Karin Viard is excellent as Arnaud's doctor sister, whose confusion at the family disruption is expressed by an affair with her young male associate. Michel Aumont is solid as the retired doctor father Lucien, who marries at the age of eighty. The issues are handled with subtlety, despite the overall comic tone. (Allociné 2.6/63 shows solid approval.) This is an example of French film comedy at its most intelligent.


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