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Agathe Cléry (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 3 December 2008 (France)
The ultimate nightmare for a racist? Becoming as black as the people she abhors. This is exactly what happens to Agathe Cléry: she's struck down with a rare disorder of the adrenal cortex glands that causes the skin to darken inexorably...


Étienne Chatiliez




Cast overview, first billed only:
Valérie Lemercier ... Agathe Cléry
Anthony Kavanagh ... Quentin Lambert
Dominique Lavanant ... Mimie Cléry
Isabelle Nanty ... Joëlle
Jacques Boudet ... Roland Cléry
Artus de Penguern Artus de Penguern ... Hervé
Jean Rochefort ... Louis Guinard - le PDG
Valentine Varela Valentine Varela ... Valérie
Nadège Beausson-Diagne Nadège Beausson-Diagne ... Nathalie
Bernard Alane ... Philippe Guinard
François Duval François Duval ... Loïc Guinard
Élise Otzenberger Élise Otzenberger ... Lucie
Claire Pataut Claire Pataut ... Alice
Virginie Racosta Virginie Racosta ... Delphine (as Virginie Raccosta)
Andy Cocq Andy Cocq ... Cédric


Agathe Cléry is a hard working and modern marketing manager from a cosmetics company, specialized in clear skin. Her colleagues find her snob, strict, and they know she's a racist. One day though, Agathe is diagnosed to suffer from Addison syndrome, which alters and darkens your skin color. One morning, she wakes up as black as the ones she intensively hated. Written by Stéphane Decker

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Comedy | Musical


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Inspired by a true story which happened in South Africa during the Apartheid. A white woman, suffering from Addison's Disease, had seen her skin become darker and darker. The anecdote was suggested to Chatiliez by Yolande Zauberman See more »


A part ça, elle n'est pas raciste
Music by Bruno Coulais
Lyrics by Étienne Chatiliez and Laurent Chouchan
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Makes you think, laugh and cry!
1 February 2014 | by rowikoSee all my reviews

This is one of those French films (and there are many of them!) that had me sitting there with a smile on my face throughout! The topic is certainly not an easy one: A racist white woman whose skin starts turning darker and darker, in the process having to adapt her views - radically.

So to turn this storyline into a movie that is so funny and entertaining (some great musical numbers!), yet at the same time thought-provoking and heart-warming, that is quite a feat. And the director did a marvellous job at bringing that all together and showing us a part of French society that I don't find thematized in many films, or certainly not in such an entertaining manner.

Absolutely loved it from beginning to end. The only thing I don't understand is why the IMDb rating is only a very low 4.7. I believe this movie deserves a lot better.

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3 December 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Milyen bőr van a képeden? See more »


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