As loyal as a dove, a family man is about to tell his first lie to his wife when he falls for an enchanting woman in a billowy red dress. With a bit of help, he just might get what he wishes for; however, is love always a bed of roses?


Yves Robert


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Étienne
Claude Brasseur ... Daniel
Guy Bedos ... Simon
Victor Lanoux ... Bouly
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Marthe Dorsay
Anny Duperey ... Charlotte
Marthe Villalonga ... Mouchy Messina
Louise Conte Louise Conte ... Marraine
Maurice Bénichou ... Gonthier
Christophe Bourseiller ... Lucien (as Christophe Bruce)
Jean Lescot ... Le patient inquiet
Martine Sarcey Martine Sarcey ... Esperanza
Catherine Verlor Catherine Verlor ... Stéphanie
Pascale Reynaud Pascale Reynaud ... Delphine
Richard Saint-Bris Richard Saint-Bris ... Charles


As loyal as a dove, the down-to-earth family man, Étienne Dorsay, is about to tell his first lie to his supportive and caring wife, Marthe, when, out of the blue, falls head over heels in love with an enchanting woman in a billowy red dress. Now, he is a fearless Casanova willing to go to great lengths to be with the object of his ever-growing desire; however, is Étienne--the inexperienced adventure-seeker--up for the task? With the aid of his few intimate friends, Étienne just might get what he wishes for; nevertheless, is love always a bed of roses? Written by Nick Riganas

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Four million Frenchmen and 50,000 New Yorkers can't be wrong.


Comedy | Romance


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The adults are big kids.
15 October 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Yves Robert's best works are those which deal with children :"la guerre des boutons" "la Gloire de mon Père" and its follow-up "le château de ma mère"."Un éléphant" is not as good as the three movies I mention above.But what connects it to his three wonderful films is that its four heroes have not really grown up.Claude Brasseur 's way of pitting the olives is a schoolboy 's joke!We can also credit Robert for introducing a gay character (Brasseur) while avoiding the usual clichés.Brasseur portrays a man like all the other ones.We'd never guess he is gay if we were not told it so.On the other hand,the female parts are not very interesting:Daniele Delorme -who was Robert's wife and her co-producer-was better in the fifties when she was directed by Duvivier and the attractive Duperrey is nothing but a mirage .And Guy Bedos 's mother is a calamity ,for Marthe Villalonga is ham-acting flesh on the bone.

The movie was so successful that there was a sequel ("Nous irons tous au Paradis' ) and an American remake ("the woman in red")

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22 September 1976 (France) See more »

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