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The Villain (2009)

Le vilain (original title)
With gun-toting rivals on his tail, a daring bank robber takes refuge in the quiet residential street here he grew up and where his mother, Maniette, still lives. An unscrupulous property ... See full summary »


Albert Dupontel


Albert Dupontel (scenario and dialogue), Simon Moutairou (scenario consultant) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Frot ... Maniette
Albert Dupontel ... Sidney Thomas, dit le Vilain
Bouli Lanners ... Nick Korazy
Nicolas Marié ... Docteur Jean William
Christine Murillo Christine Murillo ... Mlle Somoza
Bernard Farcy ... L'inspecteur Elliot
Philippe Duquesne ... Le peintre roux
Xavier Robic Xavier Robic ... Le secrétaire de Korazy
Husky Kihal Husky Kihal ... Le collègue peintre
Jacqueline Hervé Jacqueline Hervé ... Huguette
Jenny Bellay Jenny Bellay ... Simone
René Morard René Morard ... Raymond
André Chaumeau André Chaumeau ... Hippolyte
Jeanne Cellard Jeanne Cellard ... Léonie
Philippe Uchan ... M. Cozic


With gun-toting rivals on his tail, a daring bank robber takes refuge in the quiet residential street here he grew up and where his mother, Maniette, still lives. An unscrupulous property developer, Korazy, is buying up the neighborhood to turn it into a gleaming new banking district, but to her son's disgust Maniette leads the inhabitants resistance. Her ingenious methods provoke her boy's admiration, but he fights back with sneaky traps and underhand tricks when Maniette tries to force him to do the right thing just once in his life. Written by American Film Market

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Although she plays his mother, Catherine Frot is only eight years older than Albert Dupontel. See more »

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You've been a naughty boy.
10 January 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

Catherine was only 53 when she made this movie but they made her look at least 15 years older .

It's a funny little comedy,which loses steam in its second half ,but nevertheless defends the owners of an old block against expropriation and the estate developers.

Mom is unbreakable ,just like Bruce Willis in the famous eponymous movie ;so ,in a first scene ,she visits a terminaly-ill (??) patient and asks him ,that when he ......(she doesn't utter the fatal word) , he can speak to the all-mighty of her condition which might prevent her from going to Heaven ; it's full of black humor,a quality which is one of the strong points of this farce .

Her only son comes home ,after many years away .She is in awe of him , but soon discovers that he is not what he claims to be ; he used to falsify his school reports ,he keeps pornographic pictures he uses to blackmail somebody....And hemight be a gangster ,at that!

Mom comes to think that she did not educate her dear one as she should have.Thus ,God's curse. In the house ,there's a tortoise named Penelope :sometimes we see the story through the pet's eyes .Subjective camera ,indeed.

Some gags ,such as the doctor's interventions ,are repetitive ,but Frot is irresistible as a granny without grandchildren.So far.

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25 November 2009 (France) See more »

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Anyaszív-szomorító See more »


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