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Monsieur Joseph (2007)

Monsieur Joseph is a respected citizen of a small town in the North of France. For over four decades he has run a specialized bookshop in the shopping square of the town. Every morning ... See full summary »


Olivier Langlois


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Prévost ... Monsieur Joseph
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... Tina
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Commissaire Boucheron
Catherine Davenier Catherine Davenier ... Martine Palestri
Franckie Defonte Franckie Defonte ... Fred
Jean-François Gallotte Jean-François Gallotte ... Julien
Eric Beauchamps Eric Beauchamps ... Pepito (as Eric Beauchamp)
Jean-Pol Brissart Jean-Pol Brissart ... Le prête
Bernard Graczyk Bernard Graczyk ... Fayard
Peggy Leray Peggy Leray ... Marie Gadet
Gabrielle Lopes Benites Gabrielle Lopes Benites ... Zoé
Didier Lafaye Didier Lafaye ... Ancel
Audrey Beaulieu Audrey Beaulieu ... Sandrine Delombre
Stéphane Van de Rosieren Stéphane Van de Rosieren ... Vincent Delombre (as Stéphane Vanderosieren)
Polerick Polerick ... Le policier (as Polérik)


Monsieur Joseph is a respected citizen of a small town in the North of France. For over four decades he has run a specialized bookshop in the shopping square of the town. Every morning before opening his shop, he has a nice cup of black coffee at the local cafe where he has a nice small talk with Julien, the barkeeper, and with the regulars. Everybody likes him. At least everybody did... Everything actually started to change the night his young wife Tina disappeared without trace. Now, Monsieur Joseph has become Youssef again, he is again the "foreigner" (wasn't he born of Kabyle parents?), the shady foreigner, the frightening foreigner... He can't but have murdered his wife, all the more as another woman was killed four years before without the culprit having been arrested. There is no smoke without fire, is there?... Written by Guy Bellinger

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France | Belgium



Release Date:

11 September 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Señor Joseph See more »

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Croix, Nord, France See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The character played by Jean-Pol Brissart is misspelled in the credits ("Le prête" instead of the correct "Le prêtre", akin to listing "the priet" instead of "the priest"). See more »


Piano Sonata Opus 27 Quasi una fantasia
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Serguei Smirnov
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When everything is not as it seems...
30 March 2011 | by csylvainSee all my reviews

This is a simple story of a respected specialized bookseller, the Algerian-born Monsieur Joseph, who has worked hard over more than 40 years to integrate well in his community. Nothing demarcates him from his neighbours and other shop owners in the market square until, one day, his much younger wife does not come back from one of her escapades with another man (Monsieur Joseph accepts these).

Suspicion builds up for several days over her fate and all eyes suddenly turn on this man everyone thought they knew. This is the classical story of how, when one's neighbour is found guilty of something horrible, all those around who freely and willingly befriended him, suddenly have stories to tell about how how they "knew" something was wrong. Except here, no one knows but Monsieur Joseph's life is turned upside down when the rumours set in and everybody jumps to conclusions. His entire community turns against him, no longer seeing him as one of them but as an untrustworthy foreigner. He gradually descends into a living hell. It does not end well.

This is an under-stated movie, with few words, sober decor, and fine acting by the only main character, played by Daniel Prévost. He deservedly won some accolades for this role. And the movie is well worth watching, if only because it is a story that's all too familiar.

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