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Odette Toulemonde (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 February 2007 (France)
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Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Frot ... Odette Toulemonde
Albert Dupontel ... Balthazar Balsan
Jacques Weber ... Olaf Pims
Alain Doutey ... L'éditeur
Camille Japy Camille Japy ... Nadine
Fabrice Murgia Fabrice Murgia ... Rudy
Nina Drecq Nina Drecq ... Sue Helen
Jacqueline Bir Jacqueline Bir ... La dame sèche
Laurence d'Amelio Laurence d'Amelio ... Isabelle Balsan
Julien Frison Julien Frison ... François
Erik Burke Erik Burke ... Filip
Aïssatou Diop Aïssatou Diop ... Florence
Nicolas Buysse Nicolas Buysse ... Polo
Bruno Metzger Bruno Metzger ... Jésus
Cindy Besson Cindy Besson ... La cliente battue
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Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a totally unexpected way. The story of a meeting between two unusual castaways who have nothing in common... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Odette, una comedia sobre la felicidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Oh, everybody's debt!
8 September 2007 | by Niv_SavariegoSee all my reviews

Odette Toulemonde. Now, should that be translated as "Oh, everybody's debt!" or as "Odette, just like all of us"? Probably both. This film takes up the romantic comedy genre to deal with issues which have nothing romantic or comical about them. It is a strange and interesting choice by the film's director. It is a film about sacrifice, the debt to the other, and several other non-bourgeois values which make it doubly interesting (the protagonist is a low class department store clerk). There are several allusions to Josephine Baker, the black woman who became famous in France for playing an exotic "black savage" on stage, but devoted her entire life off-stage for charity work and was much more "human" than many of her high- or middle-class fans. All in all an interesting film, not a masterpiece. Somewhat subversive in its subtle criticism and choice of genre (perhaps a genre originally meant for someone like the film's protagonist, suggesting some implicit connection between escapism and a saintly character). Recommended.


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