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A Happy Man (2009)

Le bonheur de Pierre (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 27 February 2009 (Canada)
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A touching politically incorrect comedy and a triumph of happiness over human mediocrity. Starring Pierre RICHARD, Sylvie TESTUD and Remy GIRARD.


Robert Ménard


Guy Bonnier (story, screenplay and dialogue), Christophe Duthuron (collaborating writer) | 4 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Pierre Richard ... Pierre Martin
Sylvie Testud ... Catherine Martin
Rémy Girard ... Michel Dolbec
Louise Portal ... Louise Dolbec
Patrick Drolet ... Steven Dolbec
Jean-Nicolas Verreault ... Mario
Gaston Lepage ... Ti-Guy
Diane Lavallée ... Pauline
Vincent Bilodeau ... Raymond
Sylvie Lemay Sylvie Lemay ... Chantal
Luc Proulx ... Méo
André Lacoste ... Marcel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philippe Agède Philippe Agède ... Un étudiant à la Sorbonne
Caleb Beaudoin-Gauthier Caleb Beaudoin-Gauthier ... Pierre Martin enfant
Martin Champagne Martin Champagne ... Le père de Michel (in photo)
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Other collaborators:
  • Law consultant: François Boyer
  • Thanks: François Asselin, Nicolas Lévesque, Jean-François Ménard, Rémi Saint-Gélais, Philippe Wéris
  • Musician: Csaba Palotaï (guitar, banjo)
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Around 00:08:21, Catherine is crossing legs. On the next shot, her legs aren't longer crossed. See more »


Written by Florent Vollant, Sylvain Michel
Performed by Florent Vollant
Published by Mushlu Music and Editions du Studio Montana
Distributed by YF8, Inc.
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User Reviews

Smile, smile, smile
3 August 2009 | by AgainstmeSee all my reviews

This isn't the greatest movie I've seen, but I certainly had some good laughs when I saw it. There might be some easy jokes, but it is really refreshing. Even if it is not Robert Ménard's greatest work (Cruising Bar surely was his best movie) Le bonheur de Pierre is certainly in his top 5.

Most of the actors are really good despite some uneveness in the general acting and directing. I really enjoyed the characters of Sylvie Testud and Pierre Richard. The landscapes are splendid and i'm really considering going to Saguenay for some holidays this year. The snow, the mountains, the forest, this seems like a really nice place. I don't know where the movie was shot, but it is surely one of the nicest place in Quebec.

Finally, this isn't the kind of movie that will shake you for months, but it will put a smile in your face for a couple of hours. It did for me and for my two kids. A really nice movie.

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Release Date:

27 February 2009 (Canada) See more »

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France See more »


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CAD7,000,000 (estimated)

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