6.5/10
627
5 user 7 critic

My Father's Guests (2010)

Les invités de mon père (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put aside for the sake of friendship and theatre?

Director: Philippe Le Guay
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

Director: Philippe Le Guay
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.

Director: Michel Leclerc
Stars: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem
Fanny (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

"Fanny" is the second part of the "Marseille trilogy", made by Marcel Pagnol with the generic name of "Marius, Fanny and César". Fanny falls in love and is abandoned by Marius. Now she ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Auteuil
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Victoire Bélézy, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
L'enquête (2014)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Journalist Denis Robert sparked a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of banking firm Clearstream. His quest to reveal the truth behind a secret world ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Garenq
Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Charles Berling, Laurent Capelluto
Queen to Play (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the ... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Bottaro
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

François Sim considers himself worthless and he may have good reasons for that. Hasn't he lost his job as well as his wife Caroline? Isn't he unable to relate to Lucy, his teenage daughter?... See full summary »

Director: Michel Leclerc
Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Isabelle Gélinas, Vimala Pons
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Housemaid Georgette (Girardot) loves to gossip and this causes major trouble to people around her.

Director: Michel Audiard
Stars: Annie Girardot, Bernard Blier, Mireille Darc
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story takes place in the racecourses around Paris. A so-called major sells his tips to naive characters.

Director: Gilles Grangier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Robinson, Frank Villard
Une nuit (2012)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Police commander Simon Weiss, head of the division that supervises Paris's demi-monde, starts out on his nightly tour of bars, discos and strip clubs, making sure once again that the owners... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lefebvre
Stars: Roschdy Zem, Sara Forestier, Samuel Le Bihan
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After World War I, a young ex-soldier, Sébastien Monge, returns to his home village. Ignorant of his past, he learns that, 24 years before, his entire family was slain in their home one ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Patrick Bruel, Anne Brochet, Agnès Blanchot
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Agathe lives with her husband and son in a posh apartment in front of the Parc du Luxembourg. Patrick lives with his son in the back of a van. She is the head of an important contemporary ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, André Dussollier
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Babette Paumelle
Flore Babled ...
Julie
...
Lucien Paumelle
...
Arnaud Paumelle
Marie Agnès Brigot ...
Mme Delbard (as Marie-Agnès Brigot)
Valérie Benguigui ...
Karine Paumelle
Luc-Antoine Diquéro ...
Le bénévole
...
Rémi, le mari de Babette
...
Simon (as Max Renaudin)
Emma Siniavski ...
Sorina
Veronica Novak ...
Tatiana
Cidalia Valente ...
Mme Da Silva
...
Carter
Aude Léger ...
Réceptionniste
Benjamin Atlan ...
Théo
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

My Father's Guest  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Soundtracks

Space
Written by Charles Mendian
Performed by Béatrice Thiriet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bittersweet comedy
27 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I think you have to go pretty far back in time to get Hollywood versions of this type of comedy, like the banter in Girl Friday. This comedy in the French style revolves around class issues, albeit subtle ones in this case. Here, an old battle-scared socialist doctor marries, unbeknown to his own bourgeoisified children, a beautiful but blowsy Moldovan refugee to help her get her papers. He becomes besotted, and she exploits him just a bit too much for his children's taste and settled values. Everything revolves around the tension this creates in the children's lives, but through the tension and even vicious infighting, there are a lot of great lines and insightful psychology. Tatiana's déclassé manners and image at first even loosens up the uptight children, but when daddy disinherits them to provide for his spring bride's future, things fall apart. The ending (which I won't reveal) is a bit weak, but the rest, especially the dialogue and the sparkling acting by everyone involved are just wonderful. Of course, French films and their humour often revolve around this style of acting, where the actor embodies a Commedia dell'arte-style stereotype, except here it's a class and not a gender or sexual identity (this is France, not Italy). That's the hard part to translate to American audiences, first, literally in the subtitles and also in the larger sense, when Americans try to remake these French classics. How can one bring class tensions into the picture and make them meaningful to American audiences without falling into the parody of Trading Places (remember, Dan Ackroyd is a Yalie because he has a "posh" accent, and Eddie Murphy is street because, well, because he's Eddie Murphy) ? That's the part that often takes these movies beyond the comedic and into bittersweet truths. This is a great movie and definitely worth finding it, though I can't vouch for how it's subtitled (saw it in French).


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss My Father's Guests (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?