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Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (1989)

Romuald et Juliette (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 22 March 1989 (France)
A company president gets framed with a food-poisoning scandal and the only person who can help him is the evening cleaning-woman, who always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

Director:

Coline Serreau

Writer:

Coline Serreau (scenario)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Romuald Blindet
Firmine Richard ... Juliette Bonaventure
Pierre Vernier ... Blache
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Cloquet
Gilles Privat Gilles Privat ... Paulin
Catherine Salviat ... Françoise Blindet
Muriel Combeau Muriel Combeau ... Nicole
Alexandre Basse Alexandre Basse ... Benjamin
Aissatou Bah Aissatou Bah ... Félicité
Mamadou Bah Mamadou Bah ... Désiré
Marina M'Boa Ngong Marina M'Boa Ngong ... Claire
Sambou Tati Sambou Tati ... Aimé
Nicolas Serreau Nicolas Serreau ... Fonctionnaire HLM
Alain Tretout Alain Tretout ... Vidal
Alain Fromager Alain Fromager ... Morton
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Storyline

This is a story about a rich white man who falls in love with Juliet the full figured black woman who cleans his offices at night. After learning of his wife's affair with one of his work partners and the sabotage of his business he is left broken and is taken in by Juliet who then shows him what real true love is ... If you have not yet seen this movie then you are missing out on what real true love means, it does not matter what color you are, or what size you are it's how your heart feels and that's what this beautiful love story shows us all ... a must see! Written by Braunstonite

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 March 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$495,063
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Charming Movies Like This Are Rare Indeed
5 May 2004 | by gregorybnycSee all my reviews

I don't know how I came across this film, but I think it was because of Daniel Auteuil, an actor I had not encountered before I first saw this film in the early 90s. I've since bought the video and have watched it many times. The sweet story of a myopic French executive and his black office cleaning lady is not at all racist as someone previously posted here. And it's refreshing to see a love story starring a woman with a Junoesque figure. Fermine Richard is a splendid, sexy presence, and the scene where her son is let out of prison and her greeting to him is hilarious. Daniel Auteuil, as the clueless executive whose eyes are finally opened is a sensational actor and he's actually handsome in this film. Usually he's submerged in some character, and you forget that he can be an effortless leading man. The children--his and hers--are delightful, as is Romuald's ex-wife and bumbling underlings who seek to oust Romuald from his position as the CEO of a successful yogurt company, play their absurd parts with winks and nods.

Again it is the masterly hand of Coline Sereau who lets this warm comedy unfold with grace and sweetness that make for a delightful time. I had heard the film was optioned for an American version with Richard Dreyfus in the part of Romauld. Sounds awful. Watch the masterly original instead!


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