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


Jean-Loup Dabadie (scenario), Yves Robert (scenario) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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 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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Referenced in Plein les poches pour pas un rond... (1978) See more »

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When four guys meet...
18 August 2000 | by sgendronSee all my reviews

This truly funny and very well written - by Dabadie - comedy directed by Yves Robert is certainly one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. It is also one that I enjoy seeing again and again.

Where the pretext for the story is really just what it is - a pretext - the most interesting part is the relationships that fuels the friendship between four men entangled in very difficult "rapport" with women. The funniest one certainly being the mother-son relationship that is in fact a true love story, that goes on between Guy Bedos and Marthe Villalonga. The scenes between those two are real anthology pieces.

The secondary roles are also very attaching, particularly the one held by Christophe Bourseiller.

All in all, this "coup de foudre" turned bad, told in voice over with amazing wit and elegance by Jean Rochefort is a classic that stands alone in the face of very mediocre French comedies.

The sequel - Nous irons tous au paradis - is also very enjoyable.

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22 September 1976 (France) See more »

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