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The Scapegoat (2013)

Au bonheur des ogres (original title)
There is something strange - some would even say abnormal - about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family, even ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sainclair (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
Inspecteur Carrega
Mélanie Bernier ...
Cazeneuve (as Dean Constantin Gaigani)
Marius Yelolo ...
Divisionnaire Coudrier
Bruno Paviot ...
La pédopsychiatre
Armande Boulanger ...
Adrien Ferran ...
Mathis Bour ...
Le petit
Joël Demarty ...


There is something strange - some would even say abnormal - about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family, even though their mother is usually off on one romantic adventure or another. Life is never a bore for Benjamin Malaussène, professional scapegoat and the older brother responsible for this horde of kids. But when incidents happen wherever he goes, police and colleagues begin to eye him suspiciously. It soon becomes a matter of life and death to find out what is going on and who is so interested in ruining his life. Written by Pathe International

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16 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Foglalkozása: Bűnbak  »

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The charming cast saves the day
16 October 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

After reading the 'professional' reviews of this film, I did not expect to find it very good. And in fact, the plot is really not of much interest, but the entire cast -- adults and children -- form a really pleasant ensemble and I would happily move in with this family. The cartoon-like treatment of a lot of the plot elements totally suits the story. Even though there are two deadly explosions in the movie, they are not dwelled upon, and the resulting police investigation is comical rather than sinister.

I left the cinema in a good mood because 'Au bonheur des ogres' made the world seem like a happier place than it is. It was also very nice to see Isabelle Huppert in a surprise appearance.

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