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The Cost of Living (2003)

Le coût de la vie (original title)
Some of French cinema's best known faces appear in this light hearted comedy about people's relationships with money.

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Philippe Le Guay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Brett
Vincent Lindon ... Coway
Camille Japy Camille Japy ... Milène
Géraldine Pailhas ... Helena
Isild Le Besco ... Laurence
Lorànt Deutsch Lorànt Deutsch ... Patrick
Claude Rich ... Maurice
Catherine Hosmalin Catherine Hosmalin ... Karine
Nils Hugon Nils Hugon ... Robin
Jean-Claude Leguay ... Gérard
Fabien Béhar Fabien Béhar ... Le manager
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch ... Richet, l'huissier
Chantal Neuwirth Chantal Neuwirth ... Granny
Xavier de Guillebon Xavier de Guillebon ... Denis
Daniel Martin Daniel Martin ... Eric
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Some of French cinema's best known faces appear in this light hearted comedy about people's relationships with money.

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France

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French

Release Date:

30 July 2003 (France) See more »

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The Cost of Living See more »

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Dolby

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La Cantate de la Paix
Composed by Darius Milhaud
Lyrics by Paul Claudel
Performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Lyon
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It's about money
31 May 2009 | by bob998See all my reviews

This is one of the most engaging, well-constructed and satisfying comedies to come from France in recent years. It reminds me of some of Jean-Paul Rappeneau's classics--I can't give higher praise. The subject here is money: who has it, who wants it and who is resourceful enough to get it. Fabrice Luchini plays a software executive who is incredibly tight-fisted; we see him trying to duck out of paying the bill at a restaurant, and taking his contribution out of a fund for a retiring employee. He meets his match in a prostitute (played unforgettably by Géraldine Pailhas) who knows exactly how to mulct money from a man whose emotional development has been arrested by his avarice.

Vincent Lindon's character has the reverse problem: his restaurant is failing because his money-managing skills are non-existent. He's got the bailiff on his back (wonderful performance by Bernard Bloch) and his pregnant wife is trying to impose her family wealth on him. The supporting actors are fine; Claude Rich and Isild Le Besco are a father and daughter boiling with unresolved issues around his great wealth.

Philippe Le Guay has written some films that stick in my memory (Outremer and Post coitum animal triste) and Le coût de la vie is a very fine effort indeed.


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