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The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp (2004)

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Gus (played by Guillaume Canet) suffers from narcolepsy. He falls asleep all the time and has dreams about supermen from comics (Van Damme would play one of these supermen, a short & secret appearance).


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Gus
Zabou Breitman ... Paméla
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Lenny Bar
Guillaume Gallienne ... Samuel Pupkin
François Berléand ... Guy Bennet
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Le père de Gus
Vincent Rottiers ... Kevin
Léa Drucker ... La jumelle patineuse
Gilles Lellouche ... Le jumeau patineur
Jean-Noël Brouté Jean-Noël Brouté ... Le docteur 70's
Lionel Abelanski ... Le directeur du supermarché
Philippe Lefebvre Philippe Lefebvre ... Le prof de gym
Laurent Lafitte ... L'animateur du karaté-show
Mélanie Doutey ... La fille "moitié des choses"
Anne Marivin ... La femme aux objets


Gus (played by Guillaume Canet) suffers from narcolepsy. He falls asleep all the time and has dreams about supermen from comics (Van Damme would play one of these supermen, a short & secret appearance).

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Official Sites:

Mars Distribution [France]





Release Date:

1 December 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die wunderbare Welt des Gustave Klopp See more »

Filming Locations:

Chantilly, Oise, France


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$823,258 (France), 10 December 2004
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite _Jean-Claude Van Damme_, a native speaker of French, having a 20-year acting career behind him at the time this movie was released, this is actually his first French-speaking role. See more »


References Double Impact (1991) See more »


Gus Gracie
Written by Sébastien Tellier
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"Le vrai karaté c'est le karaté qui vient du coeur...Le vrai karaté c'est 'Double Impact.' "
30 July 2017 | by zievereirSee all my reviews

Everything about the first half is funny and seems nicely thought out. Somehow the second half seems to slow down.

Poelvoorde's character is almost always (happily) Poelvoorde doing Poelvoorde. In French cinema he is just very idiosyncratic and so must play the part of the Belgian "grande geule" more than just a couple of times. But this film is not just him alone. There are some great scenes and ideas and characters. The adorable Guillaume Gallienne plays the psychologist, Pupkin, who has ambitions to be the greatest cartoonist alongside Uderzo & Goscinny, Franquin, and Hergé. François Berléand ('Au Revoir les Enfants'), the beautiful Zabou Breitman and Guillaume Canet are all very good.

The fantastic dream sequences, and the suburban setting with its faceless hypermarket, amusements, and bars are very somewhere nowhere USA. The mustard and ketchup in plastic vessels on the table almost cements the suspicion that this a misguided attempt to make this feel American, or even to be an American style blockbuster, but its too French (and Poelvoorde too Belgian.)

The tank hatch opening ("Eh-oh!"), the sibling assassins arrival, the '80s discos, and the psychologists' patients are among some great scenes here. But Poelvoorde steals the show. The Jean Claude conversation, and his public karate show performance is exceeded only by the outstanding karate school lesson with hangover victim and child.

It's a good film with a lot of humour, although it dwindles a little by the end.

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