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The Valet (2006)

La doublure (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy , Drama | 1 June 2007 (USA)
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A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.

Director:

Francis Veber

Writers:

Declan May (adr writer), Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gad Elmaleh ... François Pignon
Alice Taglioni ... Elena
Daniel Auteuil ... Levasseur
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Christine
Richard Berry ... Maître Foix
Virginie Ledoyen ... Émilie
Dany Boon ... Richard
Michel Jonasz Michel Jonasz ... André
Michel Aumont ... Le Médecin
Laurent Gamelon Laurent Gamelon ... Paul
Patrick Mille ... Pascal
Michèle Garcia Michèle Garcia ... Louise
Philippe Magnan Philippe Magnan ... Berman
Jean-Yves Chilot Jean-Yves Chilot ... Hervé (as Jean Yves Chilot)
Irina Ninova Irina Ninova ... Marie
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Storyline

A Parisian valet loves a woman who rejects him: she's in debt to open a bookshop, and he's not her ideal man. A billionaire two-times his wealthy wife with his beautiful mistress, a young supermodel. To draw the paparazzi and his wife off the trail of adultery, and to give his lawyer time to arrange a divorce that won't cost him a fortune, the billionaire pays the supermodel and the valet to pretend for a month to be a couple. Within days, the bookshop owner and the billionaire are jealous, the supermodel experiences life with a nice guy, and the valet has status and self-confidence. What will each do with newfound wisdom? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the best romantic French comedies! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Valet See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€25,320,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,380,705 (France), 7 April 2006

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,552, 22 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,272,329, 26 August 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »

Goofs

When the president yells at Francois and his lawyer hang up the phone, you can see that the CISCO IP Phone is not even working and has the wrong date. There is no way someone would have been able to make a phone call using that phone. See more »

Quotes

François Pignon: A man comes home to watch T.V. It's not normal.
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Connections

References Le Dîner de Cons (1998) See more »

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Happy birthday to you
(1893)
Composed and Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Veber has done it again
7 April 2006 | by trevormerrillSee all my reviews

This laugh out loud comedy also has a lot of heart. Fans of The Dinner Game, The Closet, and Veber's other classic comedies can expect more of the same--a fall guy named Pignon, a hilarious case of mistaken identity, some touching moments of friendship, and a lot of shameless farce a la Moliere. But La Doublure offers a few new twists on the familiar Veber formula, including some fine satire of the fashion scene and a powerful commentary on the power of appearance and reputation to shape our desires. Some may say it's "just" entertainment--but like his great predecessors in the tradition of French farce and popular theater, Veber packs a lot of punch. This movie not only pleases, it also proves instructive about friendship, love, and the perils of becoming really rich. It's the director's best film to date and features great performances by Auteuil, Scott Thomas, and the rest of the star-studded cast.


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