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Réveillon chez Bob (1984)

On New Year's Eve, among the tower blocks of a huge housing estate in Paris, strange people - each for a different reason - are looking for the home of a man called Bob.

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Denys Granier-Deferre (scenario), Jacques Audiard (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Jean Rochefort ... Louis Alban
Guy Bedos ... Thierry 'T.H.' Hubert
Agnès Soral ... Florence, dite Flo
Michel Galabru ... Douglas
Bernard Fresson ... Kremeur
Mireille Darc ... Madeleine
Thierry Magnier Thierry Magnier ... Jérémie
Sam Karmann Sam Karmann ... Roby
Jenny Alpha Jenny Alpha
Paolo Castorina Paolo Castorina ... Caruzo
Saskia Cohen Tanugi Saskia Cohen Tanugi
Charles Dalin Charles Dalin ... (as Charly Dalin)
Chantal Deruaz Chantal Deruaz
Serge Giambernardini Serge Giambernardini
Diane Niederman Diane Niederman
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On New Year's Eve, among the tower blocks of a huge housing estate in Paris, strange people - each for a different reason - are looking for the home of a man called Bob.

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Bobbing for Bob.
14 January 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Like father,like son? not really,for talented Pierre Granier Deferre's son,Denys opts for the heavy-handed French comedy ;after "Que Les Gros Salaires Lèvent Le Doigt" (=let people with high income put up their finger) ,"Réveillon Chez Bob" (=Christmas eve's dinner at Bob's place)is not an improvement ;it will be 2010 before Denys Granier-Deferre makes a memorable effort, "Pièce Montée ",influenced by Altman's "a wedding" .

A young boy wants his father (Jean Rochefort) back ;this comics writer is always away from him and estranged from his attractive wife (Mireille Darc);so he imagines a stratagem :he writes his dad a letter in which he tells him that his mom's new lover,Bob , beats him,mistreats him ;in fact Bob is neither the mother's lover ,nor a child-batterer,but is none other than the family doctor.Thus,all along the Christmas night,when everybody has a wild time , daddy goes in search of the mysterious Bob ,who plays the role of what the French call "L'Arlésienne" ,a person who ,although much talked about , never materializes.

The movie begins quite well, with daddy , "helped" by a couple (a garage owner and his accountant: Guy Bedos and Agnès Soral ),searching his enemy in a sea of windows in a giant residential complex ;then the first party they spoil and turn into a free -for -fall.

Then the plot peters out :it becomes repetitive ,the good gags are few and far between, the actors begin to ham it up to enliven things a bit ,they meet Italians ,black people singing such classics as "only you" ,Pieds Noirs ,they walk through a sewer ;when they open the manhole , dad is confronted with his distraught wife who has lost their little boy.

In spite of talents involved, it's nothing more than a very average heavy-handed comedy of which the French have the secret.Even the kid is annoying ,his words are sometimes too recherché for his age ("incontrôlable ").


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