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What's in a Name? (2012)

Le prénom (original title)
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Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Bruel ... Vincent
Valérie Benguigui Valérie Benguigui ... Élisabeth
Charles Berling ... Pierre
Guillaume de Tonquédec ... Claude (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
Judith El Zein ... Anna
Françoise Fabian ... Françoise
Yaniss Lespert Yaniss Lespert ... Livreur pizza
Miren Pradier Miren Pradier ... Infirmière bracelet
Alexis Leprisé Alexis Leprisé ... Apollin (as Alexis Leprise)
Juliette Levant Juliette Levant ... Myrtille
Bernard Murat Bernard Murat ... L'obstétricien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fanny Thiennot Fanny Thiennot ... Student
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Storyline

A father-to-be and his very pregnant wife are invited for dinner by his sister and his brother-in-law. The setting is an upper-middle-class apartment in Paris. When the expecting parents reveal they intend to name their son "Adolphe", everyone else at the dinner is speechless. The situation eventually gets out of hand, when no one can come to an understanding, and everyone starts unearthing old rivalries and unspoken issues.

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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's in a Name? See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is mentioned several times that Claude is the first trombone at the philharmonic orchestra of radio France, yet in the two scenes he appears at the orchestra he is seated at the second trombone's seat. See more »

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(at around 40 mins) Claude turns down the volume of the stereo, but he is turning on the wrong wheel - it's not the amplifier but the cassette recorder. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits only the first names of the actors, producers, directors... are written. See more »

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Remade as Der Vorname (2018) See more »

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Hello My Darling
Music by Jérôme Rebotier
Lyrics by Debra Reynolds and Jérôme Rebotier
Performed by Pascale Salkin, Sacha Crépin, Debra Reynolds, Edgar Novak and Jérôme Rebotier
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French Carnage
30 July 2012 | by greenylennonSee all my reviews

As you sit in front of Le Prénom, you can't help but think how many similarities it shares with Carnage (Polanski, 2011): same middle class context, almost the same setting, but with that French flavour that makes everything much tastier. Vincent is about to become father for the first time, and, during a dinner at his sister's house, he's asked about the name his wife Anna and he want to give their son. This simple, lame question sets off an evening where secrets are revealed, feelings are declared and hypocrisy is unmasked.

I think the movie, built on a very strong and witty screenplay, wouldn't have worked the same if the actors hadn't been so good, with so much remarkable chemistry between them. The cast is directed as if it were a company in a theatre: everyone has to be empathic with the others, in order to make the script work.

Better to watch it in original language, with subtitles: it's worth the risk to miss some of the dialogue.


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