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Tatie Danielle (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy , Drama | 17 May 1991 (USA)
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Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses. When the housekeeper dies falling off a ladder, ... See full summary »

Director:

Étienne Chatiliez

Writers:

Florence Quentin (scenario and dialogue), Florence Quentin (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsilla Chelton ... Tatie Danielle
Catherine Jacob ... Catherine Billard
Isabelle Nanty ... Sandrine Vonnier
Neige Dolsky Neige Dolsky ... Odile
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Jean-Pierre Billard
Laurence Février Laurence Février ... Jeanne Billard
Virginie Pradal Virginie Pradal ... Madame Lafosse
Mathieu Foulon Mathieu Foulon ... Jean-Marie Billard
Gary Ledoux Gary Ledoux ... Totoff Billard
André Wilms ... Dr. Wilms
Patrick Bouchitey ... Beggar
Christine Pignet Christine Pignet ... Cab driver
Evelyne Didi ... Woman in bus
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... A passer-by
Karin Viard ... Agathe (as Karine Viard)
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Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses. When the housekeeper dies falling off a ladder, Danielle moves in with her great-nephew and his family. She continues using her nastiness to manipulate everyone into doing things her way until the family goes on vacation to Greece. The young housekeeper they hire to watch after her knows what Auntie is doing, and deals with her accordingly, and they begin forming respect for each other. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Tatie Danielle is a spoiled old lady who has become expert, after long years of study, at the art of imposing on other people.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auntie Danielle See more »

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Gross USA:

$604,624
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

For his second film, Étienne Chatiliez took a good part of the first team already working on his first movie, La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (1988) (1987). We thus find not only Charles Gassot as producer and Florence Quentin as co-writer, but also a number of actors: Catherine Jacob; Patrick Bouchitey; André Wilms and Christine Pignet. See more »

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Referenced in Hélas pour moi (1993) See more »

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Ca sent la messe
Written by Philippe Chatiliez
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"Little Devil" trapped in body of old lady -- Ultra-Dark Comedy!
31 August 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

A film like "Tatie Danielle" is a welcome departure from the formula comedy-dramas out there focusing on the elderly members of our society. We're not dealing with another "Who will take care of Grandma" story, but are confronted with a real problem: This old lady is NOT the dear little Granny we know from story books. She isn't the type anyone would hate to ship off to a nursing home. She's the devil in disguise of a sweet old woman, who manipulates people around her to cause general unpleasantness.

In frequent moments of talking to herself (or rather her long-departed husband), Tatie Danielle fills us in on the "big picture". Apparently this woman has never worked or cared for herself. The widow of a high ranking military officer, living comfortably on a handsome pension, the old woman makes it her mission to terrorize anyone she encounters. The scene where a dear friend of many years dies because of Danielle's unreasonable demands to perform ridiculous cleaning chores shows the utter lack of compassion this woman has. Later she is party to abandoning an old family dog, more evidence of the cruelty within her.

Despite the roller-coaster ride of mean and spiteful behavior from an ungrateful, chronic malcontent, this film has many reflective moments, as well as a lot of good laughs. If you're put off by "Auntie Danielle's" mean cruelties, stick it out, because there is a big pay-off in the end, as well as a captivating story leading there. Not for everyone's taste, but certainly an excellent piece of International Cinema! The English subtitles are very efficient, giving just enough of the original French dialog to "translate" the meaning. Poor subtitles can spoil a foreign film, but an excellent job was done here!


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