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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

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde (playing Bernard) suffered from allergies caused by the glue that held his wig during the production of this movie. It is reported that the allergies were so severe that part of his face turned purple. 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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Referenced in Jean-Philippe (2006) See more »

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Poelvoorde may be the funniest man on earth
26 January 2006 | by jeansebastienproulxSee all my reviews

I first saw "C'est arrivé près de chez-vous"(Man bites dog) about ten years ago and I was amazed by the whole thing.The darkest humor ever,sick violent scenes,and of course,the Man himself.Poelvoorde plays a violent maniac but he's funny and charismatic at the same time.Fast forward to 2005:I realised there was a new movie with that guy that I've never seen in another film.I didn't know that much about Claude Francois,but I had to see Poelvoorde in another role.Here he plays Bernard Frédéric,an ex-imitator of Cloclo.He stopped his "career" in show-business when his wife,Véro, gave an ultimatum.So now he has a boring job,9 to 5, a son, a "normal" life. But when he learns that there is an imitator contest on prime time TV,his passion takes over.So many funny scenes in this movie! The auditions of his "Clodettes"(he's so rude with them ,can't watch it without laughing)the psycho-therapist,the introduction of his partner Couscous,the sex scene in which he changes his love tempo depending what Claude song he has in mind,...Add to this a great soundtrack, dancing, beautiful women in there Clodettes suit, a happy ending and you have 90 minutes of pure joy.I can't wait to see the long version.


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