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Musée haut, musée bas (2008)

A curator terrified of green plants, a ballet of Virgin Saints, a minister of Culture lost in an exhibition of sex organs, a car that has disappeared in the Rembrandt car park, visitors in ... See full summary »

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Jean-Michel Ribes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Blanc ... Mosk - le conservateur
Simon Abkarian ... Gilles Paulin
Victoria Abril ... Clara
Pierre Arditi ... Henri Province
Alfredo Arias Alfredo Arias ... Sud Américain Perdeli
John Arnold John Arnold ... Un gardien Karl Paulin
Sophie Artur Sophie Artur ... Sabine Le Gréco
Josiane Balasko ... La mère en Chanel
Jean-Damien Barbin Jean-Damien Barbin ... Sulki
Emeline Bayart Emeline Bayart ... Gisèle Paulin
Catherine Beau Catherine Beau
Karina Beuthe Orr ... (as Karina Beuthe)
Evelyne Bouix Evelyne Bouix ... Nina Paulin
Urbain Cancelier ... Bernard
Isabelle Carré ... Carole Province
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A curator terrified of green plants, a ballet of Virgin Saints, a minister of Culture lost in an exhibition of sex organs, a car that has disappeared in the Rembrandt car park, visitors in love with the Impressionists, Gilbert and George, Picasso, Gauguin and Warhol - all are connected with an art museum. Written by morroviolet

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Warner Bros [France]

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French

Release Date:

19 November 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day at the Museum See more »

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€8,000,000 (estimated)
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A Bundle of Museum-context Hilarity!!
26 July 2009 | by film_ophileSee all my reviews

A French film has not had me laughing this much in a long time. What a joy from hysterical beginning to hysterical end! In a long life of films, this is actually the only film I think I have ever seen twice in one week. But then I am dead center of the target audience. I must mention that I believe this film will be understood and applauded by a very specific audience- that of museum goers with an understanding of art history. When I noticed with bafflement that the IMDb average rating was 5, I then saw that the majority of low rating voters- were young men, and my guess is that they and other low-rating voters are not in the specific audience above.

The film makes fun of and with - virtually every type of museum goer, employee, and artist : uncultured 'hicks',faux-sophisticated art patrons,nationalistic art goers,fatuous conceptual artists,neglected artists, snobby curators, obsessive-compulsive curators, Earth Mother curators, vacuous politicians, exploited Third world artists, overtaxed guards, overly dramatic guides, and all manner of self-important types. (Thus the French film title, "Museum High,Museum Low" ) though the American title, "A Day at the Museum" well chosen as well.Throughout it are sprinkled very specific in-jokes that will give added giggles to art historians, .i.e. when the car-seeker finally finds the parking area he recognizes, it is called Velasquez, and when he jubilantly comes upon the sign/poster portrait of Velasquez, one sees in the background two diminutive figures from Velasquez's famous painting of the Spanish Infanta. While unrelated in subject matter, I think this film will appeal to many of those who love Almadovar. Goofy, quirky, colorful. There seem to be included in the cast at least 25 of France's most famous actors and comedians(including two Almadovar regulars.) I can only guess that they were all willing to contribute their (mostly) bit parts because the concept and set were such fun. I bet the director is a very likable guy, and that everyone had a blast making this film .The viewing audience at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts had a blast as well. I can't wait to research and see more from this director.


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