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A Bun in the Oven (2016)

Le locataire (original title)
The test is positive! Nicole, 49 year old mom, is pregnant again. Calamity or good news? The whole family is upside down.

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Nadège Loiseau

Writers:

Fanny Burdino (screenplay), Julien Guetta (collaboration) | 3 more credits »
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Karin Viard ... Nicole Payan
Philippe Rebbot Philippe Rebbot ... Jean-Pierre Payan
Hélène Vincent ... Mamilette
Manon Kneusé Manon Kneusé ... Arielle
Antoine Bertrand ... Toussaint
Stella Fenouillet Stella Fenouillet ... Zoé
Raphaël Ferret Raphaël Ferret ... Vincent
Côme Levin Côme Levin ... Damien
Grégoire Bonnet ... Docteur Gentil
Nadège Beausson-Diagne Nadège Beausson-Diagne ... Jackie
Bertrand Constant Bertrand Constant ... Commandant en second
Hyam Zaytoun Hyam Zaytoun ... Directrice école
Maxime Daurel ... Patron péage
Lilas Bennij Lilas Bennij ... Gymnaste
Annick Christiaens ... Infirmière hollandaise
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The test is positive! Nicole, 49 year old mom, is pregnant again. Calamity or good news? The whole family is upside down.

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A bun in the oven .
30 November 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

The subject was interesting : you're 49 and you're told you're pregnant ;shall I keep the baby whereas I have a daughter who's already a mother herself? a husband who is not enthused by the news.But there's a problem ,which is not hinted at in the movie and concerns the child himself : his parents will not be the picture the school books ,the advertisements, the magazines ,in a nutshell ,the everyday life shows .It's not always easy for a child to have parents who could be his/her grandparents and I know what I'm talking about.

This delicate topic demanded an intimate treatment ,who depicted the subtleties of the heart ,sensitiveness and an infinite tenderness;with such gifted actresses as Karine Viard and Helene Vincent, the project could have been successful.

Unfortunately ,one is becoming disenchanted from the first scene in the doctor's office: the GP is a caricature;called Dr Gentil (=Kind!), the actor (Gregoire Bonnet overplays and I would not even mention the dream and the fantasms of the future mom ;his acting sets the tone : if he is bad ,the daughter (Manon Kneusé ) ,squalling and intrusive ,is worse , the perfect clichéed "where-were-you-mom- when-I-needed -you?"); the dad is a coach for "sports-études" female athletes (special course for athletically-gifted pupils),and would you believe it? every time his pupils have an important competition , a new baby of his is born ; this rotten luck may repeat itself once more .Karine Viard ,poorly directed ,is crude (she suggests she give her hubby a b......job.)The young man from Quebec does not bring anything to the plot but his accent ;the son-in-law allows the screenwriters to illustrate the old "travail -famille-patrie " (work,family and homeland) tenet.And if it were not enough ,there's the final expected end ;and the obligatory song in English ("happiness?")

This bomb tries to blend comedy with elements of drama and loses on both counts: the possibility of an abortion in a Dutch clinic ,the pointless death of Mamylette (Grandma) , only a pretext to hear the daughter deliver a speech the viewer has heard a hundred times or more at the funeral ...or to show that (how subtle!) that life goes on.....


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France

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Release Date:

16 November 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le petit locataire See more »

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Rhône-Alpes, France See more »

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$1,223,583
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