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Augustin (1995)

Augustin Dos Santos is a benign simpleton with a slight stammer. He's serious about his part-time job as a clerk for an insurance company, and he also acts, with small parts under his belt ... See full summary »

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Anne Fontaine

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Anne Fontaine
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Cast overview:
Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc ... Augustin
Stéphanie Zhang Stéphanie Zhang ... Caroline
Guy Casabonne Guy Casabonne ... Cyril Cachones
Nora Habib Nora Habib ... Shula
Claude Pecher Claude Pecher ... M Poirer
James Lord James Lord ... American Client
Jacqueline Vimpierre Jacqueline Vimpierre ... Madam Balavoine
Rahim Mazioud Rahim Mazioud ... Maitre d'hotel
René Boulet René Boulet ... M. Linette
Thierry Lhermitte ... Himself
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Augustin Dos Santos is a benign simpleton with a slight stammer. He's serious about his part-time job as a clerk for an insurance company, and he also acts, with small parts under his belt in commercials and experimental films. An agent finds his serious innocence perfect for a part as an odd bellman. Before his screen test, he volunteers for a day at a hotel. At his screen test, his inability to see the comic center of the scene makes him perfect for the part. Back at work, women co-workers tease him, and then he's off to the countryside to play a vet in a government film about myxomatosis in rabbits. Can anything break through his serious view of reality? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Cinéa,Sépia Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Bizarre one man show
8 October 1999 | by Gilles TranSee all my reviews

In this short (1 hour) movie, Augustin (played by the uncommon Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc) is a strange fellow, a narrow-minded clerk in an insurance company, whose attempts at a better life (by becoming an actor, for instance) are bound to fail due to his warped understanding of the world : like the best comic characters, he just goes on and on with an autistic determination, until something breaks. The movie is shot in a documentary fashion, and the characters (sometimes playing themselves) react with the same puzzlement as they would do in real life, and the conflict between the realism of the situations and Augustin himself is what makes the movie work. Augustin is really a new comic type, reminding of the slapstick days. Because he's a real pest sometimes, he's hard to love as a character, but you're unlikely to forget him. Sibertin-Blanc, brother of director Anne Fontaine (known for more serious pieces like Nettoyage à Sec), revived Augustin in commercials, and in a sequel, "Augustin roi du Kung-Fu", where Augustin tries to become the next Jackie Chan (!)


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