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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
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Anna
Françoise Fabian ...
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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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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In February 2013, Valérie Benguigui won a Cesar for Best Supporting Actress for this film. Cesars are the French Film Industry Academy Awards, equivalent to the Oscars in Hollywood. Valérie died on September 2, 2013 of a breast cancer. This film was her last film but one. She had already been a Best Supporting Actress nominee for a Molière Award in 2011 for the stage play. The Molière Awards are the equivalents of the Cesar Awards for live theatre. See more »

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(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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Version of An Italian Name (2015) See more »

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A congregation of negativity
15 February 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a dinner party that turns very wrong, after a man announcing that he will name his unborn son Adolphe.

"The Name" is a very dialog heavy film. It comprises of 90 minutes of non stop arguments, people throwing tempers, and being nasty to each other. The spotlight keeps changing from one character to the next, and all five characters get their share of blame and ridicule. This film reminds me so much of the Hollywood film "Carnage", which I did not enjoy. For both films, I just do not understand why any of the characters keep the argument going by being in the room, when they could easily have walked out. The two films both show an extended argument for argument's sake. All I see is endless negativity, and no artistic credit. I find "The Name" a huge bore.


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