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The Scapegoat (2013)

Au bonheur des ogres (original title)
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There is something strange - some would even say abnormal - about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family, even ... See full summary »

Director:

Nicolas Bary

Writers:

Daniel Pennac (novel), Jérôme Fansten (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raphaël Personnaz ... Benjamin Malaussène
Bérénice Bejo ... Tante Julia
Guillaume de Tonquédec ... Sainclair (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
Emir Kusturica ... Stojil
Thierry Neuvic ... Inspecteur Carrega
Mélanie Bernier ... Louna
Dean Constantin ... Cazeneuve (as Dean Constantin Gaigani)
Marius Yelolo Marius Yelolo ... Divisionnaire Coudrier
Bruno Paviot ... Lehman
Alice Pol ... La pédopsychiatre
Youssef Hajdi ... Amar
Armande Boulanger Armande Boulanger ... Thérèse
Adrien Ferran Adrien Ferran ... Jérémy
Mathis Bour Mathis Bour ... Le petit
Joël Demarty Joël Demarty ... Constantin
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There is something strange - some would even say abnormal - about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family, even though their mother is usually off on one romantic adventure or another. Life is never a bore for Benjamin Malaussène, professional scapegoat and the older brother responsible for this horde of kids. But when incidents happen wherever he goes, police and colleagues begin to eye him suspiciously. It soon becomes a matter of life and death to find out what is going on and who is so interested in ruining his life. Written by Pathe International

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Foglalkozása: Bűnbak See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Budget:

€12,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes in the department store "Au Bonheur Parisien" were shot in the abandoned premises of the former Parisian department store La Samaritaine, in front of the Quai du Louvre and Rue de la Monnaie, by Pont Neuf. See more »

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YBMM
Performed by V for Vertigo
(E. Satt, B. Rucheton, F. Le Xuan, JK Lucas)
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The charming cast saves the day
16 October 2013 | by gerald-holtSee all my reviews

After reading the 'professional' reviews of this film, I did not expect to find it very good. And in fact, the plot is really not of much interest, but the entire cast -- adults and children -- form a really pleasant ensemble and I would happily move in with this family. The cartoon-like treatment of a lot of the plot elements totally suits the story. Even though there are two deadly explosions in the movie, they are not dwelled upon, and the resulting police investigation is comical rather than sinister.

I left the cinema in a good mood because 'Au bonheur des ogres' made the world seem like a happier place than it is. It was also very nice to see Isabelle Huppert in a surprise appearance.


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