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What's in a Name? (2012)

Le prénom (original title)
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Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.
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Vincent
Valérie Benguigui ...
Élisabeth
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Pierre
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Claude (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
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Anna
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Françoise
Yaniss Lespert ...
Livreur pizza
Miren Pradier ...
Infirmière bracelet
Alexis Leprisé ...
Apollin (as Alexis Leprise)
Juliette Levant ...
Myrtille
Bernard Murat ...
L'obstétricien
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Fanny Thiennot ...
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Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.

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€2,901 (Portugal) (1 July 2012)
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There is a comic reference in French which is lost in the English translation. Pierre's nickname for Claude is 'plum', both in the original French and in the English subtitles. In the English version, the reason given is that 'plum' is short for the 'Sugar Plum Fairy', implying that Claude is homosexual. In the original French, the reference is to a variety of plums, 'Reine Claude' (Queen Claude), also implying that Claude is homosexual. Reine Claude plums are also known as 'la bonne reine' in France and as 'greengages' in the United Kingdom. See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) Claude turns down the volume of the stereo, but he is turning on the wrong wheel - it's not the amplifier but the cassette recorder. See more »

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In the opening credits only the first names of the actors, producers, directors... are written. See more »

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Myrtille et Apollin
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A simple story idea that works very well.
8 July 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"What's in a Name" is a story with an amazingly simple plot...yet it works exceptionally well. The writing, acting and directing are spot on...and make this a French film well worth seeking.

The film is set almost entirely in an apartment and you can easily see that this was once a play. In this apartment, a group of friends and family get together and the evening goes normally enough...to a point. However, when one of the friends makes a stupid joke, the climate in the room becomes quite chilly. Then, soon after, folks start saying things they've never said before...and the room practically becomes the next ice age! While some will undoubtedly see this as a comedy, instead I see it as a very well constructed drama...one that really sucked me into the story. Well made and unique.


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