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Comme un poisson hors de l'eau (1999)

The torpedo BB and his psychopath right hand Melvin has a plan of robbing a former opera singer for one of his beloved rare fishes and sell it back to him. The opera singer is in love with Myrtille, but is also a crook.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tchéky Karyo ... B.B.
Monica Bellucci ... Myrtille
Dominique Pinon ... Melvin
Michel Muller ... Désiré
Mehmet Ulusoy Mehmet Ulusoy ... Le caïd
Gérard Ismaël Gérard Ismaël ... Nadir
José Garcia
André Pousse ... Le Faucheur
Karine Nuris Karine Nuris
Beatrice Palme Beatrice Palme ... La femme du caïd
Zirek ... Ramdah
Mahmut Demir Mahmut Demir ... Garde du corps 1
Ali Ihsan Kaleci Ali Ihsan Kaleci ... Garde du corps 2
Ilhan Arkan Ilhan Arkan ... Garde du corps 3
Akbar Djabar Akbar Djabar ... Garde du corps 4


The torpedo BB and his psychopath right hand Melvin has a plan of robbing a former opera singer for one of his beloved rare fishes and sell it back to him. The opera singer is in love with Myrtille, but is also a crook.

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Release Date:

5 May 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Like a Fish Out of Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Cabourg, Calvados, France See more »

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Its the players not the plot...well...and the fish
28 April 2003 | by bgbdesignSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film. I'm not sure what that may say about me but when it finally made it to the end it was surprisingly satisfying.Yes there were many flat moments and darkish comedy that didn't seem to work as well as it could have but still.............

Tcheky Karyo in a parody inept gangster role was just great.He really got it down- such a pro, such an overactor. His partner Dominique was just OUT THERE,high on death,crime,crazy to hurt and kill and loving his named family of guns- reminded me of Quentin Taratino in dusk to dawn. Just great/mean/born-to-die badness. Of course he makes no sense but his purpose is clear here.More guns that Smith and Wesson and I like it! Just don't let him treat your upset stomach!

Michel Muller as the poor victim of Myrtille Adoration (Was this Harold from Harold and Maude?) I am however,thankful that he becomes more of a presence as the story unfolds and I do share his adoration of Myrtille.He reveals the steel when he doubles the money! yeah!

Ahhhhh, Monica Bellucci.......... she is beautiful! Garbed in black and deadly to anyone in her way.And can she handle a fish! a well done scene. But what is she doing here in this film? Carrying the film perhaps? eye candy? whatever it worked for me.

I am not sure if I want to compare this to Dusk to Dawn or maybe Raising Arizona. Was it a comedy trying to be serious? just dark? or neither? I need to see it again to be sure.

By all means see it for yourself ....it deserves to be seen.


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