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Malabar Princess (2004)

A man leaves his 8-year old son with his father-in-law who lives near the glacier where the boy's mother died.

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Gilles Legrand
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Villeret ... Gaspard
Jules-Angelo Bigarnet Jules-Angelo Bigarnet ... Tom (as Jules Angelo Bigarnet)
Michèle Laroque ... Valentine
Claude Brasseur ... Robert
Clovis Cornillac ... Pierre
Damien Jouillerot Damien Jouillerot ... Benoit
Urbain Cancelier ... Gaston
Fabienne Chaudat Fabienne Chaudat ... Odette
Georges Claisse Georges Claisse ... Gardien du refuge
Roland Marchisio Roland Marchisio ... Le bijoutier
Patrick Ligardes Patrick Ligardes ... Gendarme Petit
Franck Adrien ... Gendarme Hélico
Julianne Loucq Julianne Loucq ... Sophie
Alexandre Brasseur Alexandre Brasseur ... Gérard
Rémi Bergman Rémi Bergman ... The Optician
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A man leaves his 8-year old son with his father-in-law who lives near the glacier where the boy's mother died. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Malabar hercegnője See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,139,342
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fine sentimental film that could have been a plane wreck
11 April 2009 | by stuka24See all my reviews

Jacques Villeret is the best actor in the world, period.

Although his "Gaspard" (no surname) is similar to his "Jojo Braconnier" in "Un crime au Paradis", he never grows weary, nor do we. Such honesty is rare.

The film's plot is trite. Its development could be less melodramatic but. I didn't complete like Tom, the protagonist, but he's good at making and unbearably stubborn child not be hateable, but to understand his mourning and flights to fantasy (he's no angel, make no mistake). Claude Brasseur makes an eerily similar character to his superb role in "camping". Again, he's a man who loves cars, money and stereotypes a bit too much :), but he carries it off like if he was born for the role.

Clovis Cornillac is a young father who could be more convincing, but that's the story's fault, who shows him making completely different choices in the beginning and the end.

As usual with French films, the "country and the city" subplot is like a river, always full of energy. From the difference in vocabulary and "useful knowledge" to the way to educate/discipline children and treat women, all is different, and yet, as we're in a comedy of sorts, all is happily solved within a few minutes.

The technical aspects are fine. You feel the mountain, the cold, and the piano theme is perfect for the action. Not too romantic, but with feelings.

Nice for a Saturday evening.


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