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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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Complete credited cast:
Patrick Bruel ... Vincent
Valérie Benguigui Valérie Benguigui ... Elisabeth
Charles Berling ... Pierre
Guillaume de Tonquédec ... Claude
Judith El Zein ... Anna
Françoise Fabian ... Françoise
Yaniss Lespert Yaniss Lespert ... Jean-Jacques, le livreur
Miren Pradier Miren Pradier ... Sonia, l'infirmière
Alexis Leprisé Alexis Leprisé ... Apollin
Juliette Levant Juliette Levant ... Myrtille
Bernard Murat Bernard Murat ... L'obstétricien


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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The film is adapted from the play written by both directors, created in Paris in 2010 (théâtre Edouard-VII) staged by Bernard Murat, and sharing the exact same cast, except for the character of Claude, who was, on stage, played by Jean-Michel Dupuis. And of course, some minor characters have been added for the film : the two children, the pizza boy, and the hospital crew. Among this hospital crew, the doctor is played by Bernard Murat, who was the stage director of the play. See more »


(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 »


Remade as How About Adolf? (2018) See more »


Ouverture (Thème du prénom)
Written by Jérôme Rebotier
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29 December 2012 | by christophe92300See all my reviews

Mix of Un Air de Famille by Klapisch and Carnage by Polanski, Le Prénom is clearly divided in two parts: the first is pure comedy oriented, whereas the second is more drama focused.

The problem is that those two parts aren't homogeneous: the beginning is very good, dynamic, the dialogues fly, the humour is really present and the viewer is quickly sucked in. Unfortunately, the more the film progresses, the more the comical aspect is left aside, and the more the movie loses interest. The script goes thought bland and uninteresting passages, and we are served a dramatic aspect that isn't the most exciting one, which is disappointing in comparison to the thundering start.

A fifteen minute cut, mostly from the second part, could have also improved the overall rhythm of the movie.

Special mention to the cast who was very good and showed a great chemistry.

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Release Date:

13 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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What's in a Name? See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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