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Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)

Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

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Jean-Marie Poiré
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anémone ... Thérèse
Josiane Balasko ... Madame Musquin
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Josette
Christian Clavier ... Katia
Gérard Jugnot ... Félix
Thierry Lhermitte ... Pierre Mortez
Bruno Moynot Bruno Moynot ... Zadko Preskovic
Martin Lamotte ... Mr. Leble
Jacques François ... Le pharmacien
Claire Magnin Claire Magnin ... Madame Leble
Michel Blanc ... Voix au téléphone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeannette Batti Jeannette Batti
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot
Suzanne Berthois Suzanne Berthois
Michel Bonnet Michel Bonnet ... Suicidé au téléphone
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Storyline

Félix, disguised as Father Christmas, hands out leaflets advertising a sexy Christmas party. His place is taken by an African Santa Claus and he returns to his caravan only to find his girlfriend Josette about to leave him. When he comes after her, she takes refuge at "SOS Distress", run by two neurotics, Thérèse and Pierre. Written by Aline

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus Is a Stinker See more »

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Trinacra Films See more »
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Mono

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Trivia

Because of the offensive title, the RATP (Paris subway company) and Paris mayor's office refused to hire out billboards for the poster. See more »

Quotes

Zézette: Eh, Pierre ! Y a un monsieur très malpoli qu'a téléphoné, y voulait enculer Therèse !
Pierre Mortez: Oui mais cest un ami.
Zézette: Ah bah ça va alors.
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References Death Wish II (1982) See more »

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Destinée
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Performed by Guy Marchand
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The one and only absolute french comedy ! ! !
19 December 1999 | by Greg75See all my reviews

I must have seen this film about 100 times : Le Père Noël... is probably the most famous french comedy ever done, at least in France, far, far more famous and cult than the recent "Le diner De cons" (which is not cult at all, plain funny and that's it). Le Père Noël wasn't a real hit when it got released (it was in fact the movie version of the same-titled play), but it gradually became THE reference in cult comedy amongst french teenagers. I don't even see what the equivalent could be in the States. Anyway : each and every line of this film is sheer fun delight, total trashy-meets-uptight-meets gory-meets-nonsensical humor. Obviously untranslatable and mainly based upon the very subtle depiction of each character, most of the specific expressions of the film are now part of everyday language. It's not even a must-see for every french movie-goer since everyone has seen it at least once in his life. For those who don't cringe at french humor (nothing scatological here), this is an absolute topper in fun. Highly recommended.


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