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In the Courtyard (2014)

Dans la cour (original title)
Antoine is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antoine Le Garrec
Michèle Moretti ...
Laurent Maillard
L'ex d'Antoine
Carole Franck ...
La conseillère de l'agence d'intérim
Olivier Charasson ...
Le spécialiste
Bruno Netter ...
Monsieur Vigo
Cécile Descamps ...
La voisine du troisième étage
Fred Epaud ...
Le manager du groupe de rock d'Antoine (as Frédéric Epaud)
La jeune mère de la banlieue
Lévanah Solomon ...
La première petite fille de la banlieur


Antoine is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of an old Paris apartment building. He soon proves good at his job, even if he performs it a little eccentrically, and everybody grows fond of him. Antoine also develops a particular friendship with Mathilde, a recently retired woman who lives in the block and whose mental balance is deteriorating... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for drug use and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

23 April 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

En un patio de París  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Very commendable showcasing of a micro-cosmos living around a Parisian courtyard, with some peculiar but endearing inhabitants
25 March 2014 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Berlinale film festival 2014. It was the international premiere in a venue with more than 1,500 booked seats, in presence of film makers and main actors. There was no Q&A afterwards.

I'm not sure why I liked this one much more than "A Long Way Down" (Chaumeil, 2014) that I saw earlier in the same week, in spite of many traits they have in common. Both films are mere entertainment, casting well known actors which will attract many viewers regardless of its contents, neither has an express intention to carry a message or a morale, both will trigger several laughs, and have more than sufficient unexpected turns of events. I assume that the courtyard film had a definite advantage in its diversity and strangeness of the main characters living in the large house, in fact in a micro cosmos, yet not too far fetched and not too artificial, all that working to keep us interested throughout its running time. It has no useful purpose to summarize the plot here. The story line is very easy to follow, the characters are properly introduced and one gets ample chance to get to know them better.

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