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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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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fanny Thiennot ...
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A father-to-be and his very pregnant wife are invited for dinner by his sister and his brother-in-law. The setting is an upper-middle-class apartment in Paris. When the expecting parents reveal they intend to name their son "Adolphe", everyone else at the dinner is speechless. The situation eventually gets out of hand, when no one can come to an understanding, and everyone starts unearthing old rivalries and unspoken issues.

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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 »

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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 »

Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

Overture - Tannhauser
Written by Richard Wagner (as R. Wagner)
Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Halász (as M. Halasz)
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Classic French Cleverness
22 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Arguing is instilled in French culture. The French practice arguing to keep their minds sharp (perhaps something lacking in our culture). Cultural relativism is not apparent in other reviews that criticize and find the the amount of arguing in the film "boring." The film is quite captivating. Classic French cleverness is very present in the script. The characters present a wonderful view into the lives of Parisians and their commitment to great wine, food and conversation. The idea of titles and the strange taboos society has on names is the deeper argument for all the audience to ponder once the film has finished. The actors in the film keep the audience engaged with a handful of stories and perspectives on family life.


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