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Un couple épatant (2002)

In the second installment in director Belvaux's trilogy, Alain's eccentric behavior causes his wife, Cecile, to hire a detective to follow his every move -- which yields unexpected results.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cécile Costes
... Alain
... Claire
... Agnès
... Pascal
... Pierre
... Jeanne
Bernard Mazzinghi ... Georges
Raphaële Godin ... Louise (as Raphaele Godin)
Patrick Depeyrrat ... Vincent (as Patrick Depeyra)
Vincent Colombe ... Rémy
Pierre Gérard ... Olivier
Jean-Baptiste Montagut ... Henri
Anne Delol ... L'infirmière
Joss Philopémon ... Le chauffeur de taxi
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The second installment of the trilogy focuses on Cecile. She is a teacher who is still madly in love with her husband Alain, a hypochondriac who is convinced that a routine operation will take his life. He doesn't want to alarm his wife, and she mistakes his secrecy for an affair. Enter Pascal, who is hired by Cecile to track Alain, but who falls in love with Cecile instead. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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1 January 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ein tolles Paar  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,572, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,602, 18 July 2004
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Forms a trilogy along with Cavale (2002) and Après la vie (2002), the main characters of this one being the supporting actors in the other ones, and vice versa. The three movies have some scenes in common which are shown from a different point of view according to the storyline we're following. See more »

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Well-plotted, fine performances
6 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have seen all each film in Lucas Belvaux's of inter-connected, multi-genre trilogy, and like this light, romantic comedy the best. The plot and performances are the strengths of this work. Each twist and turn, every mis-understanding and each instance of wrongful identity ratchet up the comic tension, and we are presented with solid work by each of the ensemble of fine actors. I like, too, that though the film is farcical, it is also realistic and sometimes messy and threatening in its import, reminding us that moments of grace and acts of kindness are not inevitable and must be (or ought to be) appreciated and acknowledged in each and every case. In other words, this is not a sappy love story. I believed that the characters cared for one another. I am surprised that others have not responded as positively to this film as I have; perhaps it hit me the right way on the right day. I agree that seeing all three films enriches the experiences of each. I saw them in order, but I don't think that matters much.


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