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Pardonnez-moi (2006)

Expectant wife who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family.




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Cast overview:
Maïwenn ... Violette
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Dominique, le père
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Billy, la soeur aînée
Aurélien Recoing ... Paul
Mélanie Thierry ... Nadia, la soeur cadette
Marie-France Pisier ... Lola, la mère
Yannick Soulier ... Alex
Marie-Sophie L. Marie-Sophie L. ... La psy
Franck Bussi Franck Bussi ... Le vendeur de caméras
Rita Dalle Rita Dalle ... L'amie de Violette
Louise-Anne Hippeau Louise-Anne Hippeau ... La vendeuse du magasin de jouets
Camille de Sablet Camille de Sablet ... L'amie de Billy
Abdelkader Belkhodja Abdelkader Belkhodja ... Le grand-père


Violette, an expectant wife, who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family, to be shown to her (as yet) unborn son.Through her ever-present lens, Violette begins to unearth one nasty family secret after another. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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22 November 2006 (France) See more »

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Forgive Me See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Referenced in Love Songs (2007) See more »

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Warts and all
6 December 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Maiwenn's movie is a confusing work;at its best it depicts,without embellishment and with a natural feeling for economy and sparseness with precludes all forms of conventional sentimentality, a family ,the future family of the baby of an expectant woman ;at its worst ,it's navel-gazing and I-me-mine ,complete with shrink ,a world in which the heroine forgets that the others live too .

The heroine buys a movie camera ("not a big one,cause I do not want them to take it seriously,I want them to "act naturally" )and begins to film her relatives to introduce them to her soon-to-be-born child .Not exactly a family photo album,a settlement of scores ,more like...

Some scenes are impressive : Violette ,beating to death a doll, reminding her dad (a straight-faced Pascal Gregory)of his sadism when she was a little girl ;the birthday party and the unexpected guest .The shots in black and white,filmed by the heroine, a trick which has been too often used lately ,may seem tiresome in the long run.

Some scenes much less so: when Violette asks her partner to marry her,we are not that much far from the "Un Gars Une Fille" series(which I love) ,even the false wedding would not be out of place in it.The "happy end" a la "and they lived happily ever after " is not very convincing either.

Only time will tell if this movie is really a sleeper;watch it anyway:its several incredible moments are worth the price of admission.

NB : the song "Trois Petites Notes De Musique "(1961) was stolen from Colpi's "Une Aussi Longue Absence ";the connection escapes me,I fear.....(music by Georges Delerue)

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