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The Bare Necessity (2019)

Perdrix (original title)
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Captain Pierre Perdrix's life has been turned upside down since the enigmatic Juliette Webb burst into his life. Her presence alone will force his tight-knit family to redefine their boundaries and finally begin to fully live their lives.


Erwan Le Duc


Erwan Le Duc (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Swann Arlaud ... la capitaine Pierre Perdrix
Maud Wyler ... Juliette Webb
Fanny Ardant ... Thérèse Perdrix
Nicolas Maury ... Julien Perdrix
Patience Munchenbach Patience Munchenbach ... Marion Perdrix
Alexandre Steiger Alexandre Steiger ... Le lieutenant Michel Smicer
Adama Niane Adama Niane ... Le lieutenant Arsène Njo Léa
Sébastien Poirot Sébastien Poirot ... Sébastien - un chanteur
Xavier Boulanger Xavier Boulanger ... Eric
Tobias Nuytten-Vialle Tobias Nuytten-Vialle ... Joël (as Tobias Nuytten)
Atmen Kelif Atmen Kelif ... Serge
Yan Tassin Yan Tassin ... Pascal
Nicolas Chupin Nicolas Chupin ... Xavier
Bastiste Kerroué Bastiste Kerroué ... Cédric
Louise Szpindel Louise Szpindel ... L'institutrice


Captain Pierre Perdrix's life has been turned upside down since the enigmatic Juliette Webb burst into his life. Her presence alone will force his tight-knit family to redefine their boundaries and finally begin to fully live their lives.

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Release Date:

14 August 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bare Necessity See more »

Filming Locations:

Vosges, France See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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French visa # 146289. See more »


Le lieutenant Michel Smicer: My mother used to say 'Love is to give something you don't have to a person who doesn't want it'.
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O Solitude
Music by Henry Purcell
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A first movie as a director? One thump up!
16 August 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

The film begins with a tender speech of Thérèse interpreted by the excellent Fanny Ardant with her mesmerizing voice: according to her, the true love defines us and is all that matters. Then, we witness the unexpected theft of a bmw by a revolutionary female nudist, with a song of the bloody brilliant Gérard Manset. In two minutes, rhythm and atmosphere are laid!

Personally, I adored the manifold scenes that are deliberately absurd and delightfully droll, with a soft approach of existentialism, without being a depressing vision of humanity and without being abstruse as a book of Martin Heidegger. Nevertheless, without unduly spoiling the script, the end will provide a long-awaited touch of optimism and lightness and will make you forget the disenchanted characters.

The actors Swann Arlaud and Maud Wyler are both sublime. Actually, the whole cast is great. As a synthesis: I loved it! 7/8 of 10

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