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Podium (2004)

Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married, with a son. He used to have another profession: look-a-like of French star Claude François. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming... See full summary »

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Yann Moix

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Olivier Dazat, Yann Moix (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Bernard Frédéric
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Couscous
Julie Depardieu ... Véro
Marie Guillard ... Vanessa
Anne Marivin ... Anne
Odile Vuillemin ... Odile
Nadège Beausson-Diagne Nadège Beausson-Diagne ... Nadège
Nicolas Jouxtel Nicolas Jouxtel ... Sébastien
Olivier Mag Olivier Mag ... Claude David
Evelyne Thomas Evelyne Thomas ... Herself / Elle-même
Karine Lyachenko Karine Lyachenko ... Jacqueline
Bruno Abraham-Kremer Bruno Abraham-Kremer ... Monsieur Lombard
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard ... Le psychologue
Armelle Armelle ... Laure
Thomas Derichebourg Thomas Derichebourg ... Le garçon restaurant à volonté
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Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married, with a son. He used to have another profession: look-a-like of French star Claude François. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming up, he must choose between his wife or the only thing that makes him fully happy: the applause. Written by Bruno Benton

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Name: Bernard Frédéric. Job: Claude François.

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

O sosias See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$745,639 (Belgium), 13 February 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bernard Frédéric appears in the 2006 film "Jean-Philippe" directed by Laurent Tuel. See more »

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A 2-hours version, edited by the director Yann Moix, is available on the special 3-DVD box set of the movie See more »

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Magnolias for ever
Performed by Claude François
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Belgian splendor in a french movie; the best since 'Daens'
3 February 2005 | by bullrotSee all my reviews

This movie came out in Belgium in 2003 but I waited to see this wonderful movie until now. The story is simple but the movie is great. Benoît Poelvoorde is playing Bernard, a bank clerk of the greatest dullness. A job he had to take 'cause his wife couldn't stand living with a dual-personality (or as she's called NO personality). So he promises her never to do the man again. His great obsession is the french star Claude François. Bernard is the perfect double of the star, no, resurrection is the better word. When there is a competition 5 years after the Promise, there's a competition for doubles on television and the best claude françois wins 100000 euro (125000 dollar) Bernard wants to compete and starts his old routine but he thinks he IS the star and starts acting on it. The actors are one for one top quality but the star is indeed Benoît Poelvoorde from my beloved country. His splendor, to be able to show a character that you can hate and love at the same time, is remarkable. I really can recommend this one Some pointers for the people oversees (United states): If you don't know claude françois it's easier to look at the movie like Claude = Elvis. Then it's easier to understand the hype If you look carefully: you can notice the original french version of 'my way' by Frank Sinatra or in this case 'comme d'habitude'


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