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Take It from the Top (1978)

Vas-y maman (original title)
A bored housewife achieves fame by writing an erotic novel.


Nicole de Buron


Nicole de Buron, Mathilde Péan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Girardot ... Annie Larcher
Pierre Mondy ... Jean-Pierre Larcher
Nicole Calfan ... Karin
Claude Piéplu ... L'éditeur
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Alice
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Vincent
Robert Castel Robert Castel ... Le plombier
Guy Marchand ... Le journaliste
Catherine Samie ... Le gynécologue
Richard Constantini Richard Constantini ... Julien
Eléonore Klarwein Eléonore Klarwein ... Olivia
Jacqueline Doyen Jacqueline Doyen ... La mère d'Annie
Paulette Dubost ... La mère de Jean-Pierre
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Lucie
Sylvie Joly Sylvie Joly ... La directrice d'école


A bored housewife achieves fame by writing an erotic novel.

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9 August 1978 (France) See more »

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Take It from the Top See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Vas y
Performed by Marie-Paule Belle
Lyrics by Françoise Mallet-Joris and Michel Grisolia
Music by Marie-Paule Belle
Arrangements by Hervé Roy and Michel Bernholc
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Woman's lib funny metaphor
1 October 2002 | by Frank Khi DouSee all my reviews

Behind its lighthearted humor and its (more than necessary) share of slapstick scenes, "Vas-y maman" is actually a relatively serious critique on patriarchal societies at a time where the woman's liberation movement was at its peak. The film (directed by a woman) shows how numerous women are alienated when they stay home, take care of the kids and the house... to eventually awake, one morning, totally depressed about their life choices. The film tells the story of such a woman; a mother who can't stand it anymore and goes back to work, start to serve tv dinners to her family and generally has a ball retrieving her youth by being her own boss once again... The comedy comes from the conflicts emerging between the members of this family as Annie Girardot's character defies them to put her back where she was before. Though it suffers from obvious shortcomings in the screenplay department, "Vas-y maman" is a mildly funny but interesting film about a very serious subject matter and, as a metaphor for the legitimacy of feminism, is certainly worth seeing.

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