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Mean Spirit (2003)

Mauvais esprit (original title)
Simon is a down-on-his luck artist who gets no breaks from any quarter. While out working as a street sketch artist, he stumbles across the construction site for a new museum that is very ... See full summary »

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Laurent Chouchan, Patrick Alessandrin (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Lhermitte ... Vincent Porel
Ophélie Winter ... Chrystèle Porel
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Docteur Edouard
Debora Khan Debora Khan ... Hôtesse Bureau Porel #1
France Bargain France Bargain ... Hôtesse Bureau Porel #2
Clémentine Célarié Clémentine Célarié ... Béatrice Copy
Espérance Pham Thai Lan ... La traductrice
Roger To Thanh Hien Roger To Thanh Hien ... Nguyen Van Tam (as Roger To-Thanh-Hien)
Thaïs Alessandrin Thaïs Alessandrin ... Petite Fille
Michel Muller ... Simon Variot
Eric Cornet Eric Cornet ... Clochard
Leonor Watling ... Carmen
François Levantal François Levantal ... Freddy
Sylvie Vandeputte Sylvie Vandeputte ... Secrétaire Porel
Jean-Paul Sermadiras ... Vigile #1
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Simon is a down-on-his luck artist who gets no breaks from any quarter. While out working as a street sketch artist, he stumbles across the construction site for a new museum that is very obviously stolen from a design he created as an architecture student. Enraged, he storms into the office of architect Vincent Porel and demands an explanation, but is immediately hauled out by security. When the police arrive to arrest Simon, he makes a break for freedom, only to be accidentally struck down in the street by Porel himself. As Simon lays dying on the hood of Porel's car, his soul is transferred into the body of a newborn baby, none other than Porel's own son, born at that very instant. Remembering his past and realizing that he is now in the care of the man who stole his work and killed him, Simon resolves to make his new father's life hell. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Chieur-né!

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 November 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bastardo dentro See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,516,629
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not easy to make the baby the star...
14 August 2005 | by morschSee all my reviews

The film proves that it is difficult to make a baby the real star of a film. The crew have made a remarkable effort (see the "making of" on the DVD) in preparing, casting and filming the little guys, but the film has lengths. The story is hold together by the off voice of the reborn "looser", which is sometimes very funny, but also equally annoying.

The cinematography and actors are first rate, the film might be appreciated by people who like the French cinema and love French humour.

The German title "der kleine Scheisser" seems more appropriate than either the French or English title, "Mauvais esprit / Bad spirit".


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