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Un homme idéal (2015)

A struggling writer finds a shortcut to fame, but a blackmailer threatens to ruin his perfect life.

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Yann Gozlan

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Yann Gozlan (scenario), Guillaume Lemans (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Niney ... Mathieu Vasseur
Ana Girardot ... Alice Fursac
André Marcon André Marcon ... Alain Fursac
Valéria Cavalli ... Hélène Fursac
Thibault Vinçon ... Stanislas Richer
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Vincent
Sacha Mijovic Sacha Mijovic ... Franck
Eric Savin ... Gendarme
Luc Antoni Luc Antoni ... Agent immobilienr
Soria Moufakkir Soria Moufakkir ... La libraire
Olivier Antoine Olivier Antoine ... Policier hôpital
Frédéric Pellegeay Frédéric Pellegeay ... Journaliste 1
Karina Beuthe Orr ... Mylène Andreotty (as Karina Beuthe)
François Rabette François Rabette ... Journaliste 2
Serge Grünberg Serge Grünberg ... Le modérateur
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A struggling writer finds a shortcut to fame, but a blackmailer threatens to ruin his perfect life.

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Country:

France

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French

Release Date:

18 March 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre perfecto See more »

Filming Locations:

Var, France See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Features a plot almost identical to Lila, Lila (2009) (a.k.a "My words, my lies -My love") , based on a novel by Martin Suter. See more »

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Pierre Niney is simply outstanding - Hitch would've loved him !!!
21 January 2018 | by FrankMMuellerSee all my reviews

How far does one go to succeed? This is the question the movie 'Un homme idéal' deals with. In it, Pierre Niney plays the unsuccessful author Mathieu, to whom chance gives the diary of a dead man, which he unceremoniously transforms into his own novel and thus has the much-awaited mega-success. A small step with a big impact. Because at some point the world of literature expects a follow-up work and even worse, someone contacts Mathieu who has known the real author. Finally Mathieu is involved in a spiral of violence and lies, which gets its own momentum and can no longer be stopped ... Director Yann Gozlan presents a story in a stringent rhythm that Alfred Hitchcock probably would have loved. Like the master of suspense, Gozlan tumbles down the save world of his protagonist within a short moment and let him fight to survive. And just like Hitchcock, Gozlan manages that we feel sympathy for Mathieu, no matter how drastic the actions are he takes to uphold the dizziness. And with that, the director avoids giving a moral judgment on Mathieu, he leaves that to the viewer. 'Un homme idéal' is brilliantly staged with the camera, fluidly narrated, without fast cuts, logically constructed, in beautiful colors and in the present time a recovery for the eye. The story is without any length and gives a constant tension. After 104 minutes you wonder how fast the time has passed. The film is focused on its leading actor, this leaves the supporting players a little pale in their character, but that is criticism at the highest level. And that in the end one or two little things of the logic ago might be reconsidered, finally doesn't matter at all. The moral of the movie, without giving away too much, is the fact, that whoever climbs high can still fall a lot deeper. The end of the movie is suprising, harrowing and deeply touching. The film has consistently excellent actors, most notably the new French superstar Pierre Niney, here in Germany best known from Francois Ozon's 'Frantz' (in the UK probably with 'Yves Saint Laurent'). Pierre Niney comes from the theater (La Comédie Francaise) and can rightly be described as the greatest talent since Patrick Dewaere. So far, he has delivered outstanding performance in all of his films. At the moment he has huge success in France with a biopic about the french writer Romain Gary. Unfortunately, this film (La promesse de l 'aube) as well as 'Un homme idéal' has not yet found a German distributer and one wonders how it can be that every stupid crap is thrown on the market and successful films like 'Un homme idéal' (about 700.000 admissions in France) and 'La promesse de l'aube' (after 3 weeks already 750.000 admissions) can not find a german distributor !!! Who would not like to relinquish instead one of these unbearable real-life comic book films from the States ????


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