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Chouchou (2003)

A North African immigrant to Paris gets work and finds romance despite his scatty character.

Director:

Merzak Allouache

Writers:

Merzak Allouache, Gad Elmaleh (original stage sketch) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gad Elmaleh ... Choukri, alias Chouchou
Alain Chabat ... Stanislas de la Tour-Maubourg
Claude Brasseur ... Père Léon
Roschdy Zem ... Frère Jean
Catherine Frot ... Le docteur Nicole Milovavovich
Julien Courbey Julien Courbey ... Yekea
Arié Elmaleh ... Vanessa
Yacine Mesbah Yacine Mesbah ... Djamila
Micheline Presle ... La mère de Stanislas
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... Le père de Stanislas
Michaël Youn ... Le transformiste brésilien
Stéphane Boucher Stéphane Boucher ... L'inspecteur Grégoire
Olivia Dessolin Olivia Dessolin ... L'apparition
Anne Marivin ... La vendeuse supermarché
Jean-Paul Comart ... Le commissaire Molino
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Storyline

Chouchou has just arrived in Paris from his home in North Africa. He is scatty and unworldly, and tries to get a bed for the night by spinning an implausible line about being a refugee from the Chilean dictator Pinochet. He is fortunate, because a kindly priest (Father Leon) in a working class suburb has some sympathy for him, and takes him in for a few nights. Father Leon also gets him a job with a lady psychoanalyst, Dr Milovavich, and the job is as receptionist and cleaner. Chouchou does the cleaning in a woman's dustcoat and when Dr Milovavich asks him what he would most like in the world, he replies that he would love to be a woman from head to toe. Dr M. is unabashed by this revelation, and tells him that from tomorrow he can come to work as a woman, Mlle Chouchou. He takes her at her word, and is startlingly convincing the next day, with good female body language, although let down by a marked dark beard shadow. Soon the doctor has to go away for a couple of days on business, ... Written by Hazel Freeman

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Le rencontrer c'est l'aimer !

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chouchou em Apuros See more »

Filming Locations:

Evry, Essonne, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,801,572 (France), 21 March 2003
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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References Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) See more »

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C'est la ouate
Performed by Caroline Loeb
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Delightful Gad :)
19 April 2004 | by Audrey_PhoenixSee all my reviews

Just as Gad Elmaleh's sense of humor, this comedy is light and poetic. Dealing with serious subjects such as homo and transsexuality, immigration, integration, without ever falling into the usual clichés, always thinking positive. Plus hearing Gad faking a moroccan accent is so nice, like he often does in his one man shows. Reminds me of my moroccan friends... It creates many occasions for smart and funny puns with the french language. That's so his style.

Alain Chabat is excellent as usual, what a Prince Charming he makes, lol ! Liked Catherine Frot and Claude Brasseur too. I don't know why I expected them to become mean with Chouchou any minute, but they were adorable too. Roschdy Zem in an unusual role, he was great too.

This is not the best comedy ever, but I really liked the light tone and originality. Cute.


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