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The Debutante (1986)

Le débutant (original title)
The journey strewn with adventures of François Veber, electrician who decides to embark on the theater. For his passion, he leaves his wife. Particularly awkward, he will have to work to achieve his dream.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis Perrin Francis Perrin ... François Veber
Dominique Lavanant ... Marguerite Balicourt
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Willy
Julien Guiomar ... Lucien Berger
Christiane Jean Christiane Jean ... Valerie
Philippe Lelièvre ... Chassignole
Maurice Baquet Maurice Baquet ... Maurice
Christian Charmetant ... Jean-Marc
Xavier Saint-Macary Xavier Saint-Macary ... Philippe Rivière
Valérie Rojan Valérie Rojan ... Odile
Patricia Elig Patricia Elig ... Bernadette
Charlotte Walior Charlotte Walior ... Sophie
François Perrot ... Jean Rex
Roger Dumas ... Marceau
Véronique Bogard Véronique Bogard


François Veber, a young electrician who lives in Tourraine, has only one passion: the theater. Taking advantage of the passage of a theatrical company, he managed to get hired as stage manager and abandoned the province and his partner Jocelyne whose only passion was basketball. During the tour, he really discovers the theater and decides to become an actor. Arrived in Paris, he took drama lessons in the class of Lucien Berger. He meets the young actress Valérie Michel, with whom he falls in love. But while François takes himself for a young romantic first, his teacher reveals his true nature to him: he is made for comedy. But he will find it difficult to impose and have his talent recognized.

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Entrée Des Artistes
19 July 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Francis Perrin wrote the screenplay which is reportedly based on his own story;he is essentially a stage actor .With a few exceptions ("On S'Est Trompé D'Histoire D'Amour"),he has never been given great parts in the cinema.Fortunately ,"Le débutant" (actually a misnomer for Perrin was not one,by a long shot ,when the movie was made)shows extracts of the famous plays in which he performed :he is dazzlingly talented in the part of Covielle from "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" and in Figaro's monologue.And we would like more of his "Scapin" .

Julien Berteau is convincing as a dramatic art teacher and his scenes with his students recall Marc Allégret's "Entrée Des Artistes" (1938)and the unique Louis Jouvet.

The rest of the movie is often pleasant,but sometimes heavy- handed:the comings and goings in the hotel corridors,the episode of the diva ,and the repetitive gag of the bleeding nose.

Good supporting parts by Dominique Lavanant as an authoritarian thespian who rules her circle with an iron hand and by Jean-Claude Brialy as her submissive husband.

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Release Date:

25 June 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Debütant See more »

Filming Locations:

Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Films A2, T. Films See more »
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