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Un homme pressé (2018)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 2018 (France)
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Based on the life of the former head of Peugeot, Christian Stieff, the film serves as a wake up call for those enslaved in the unrelenting arduousness of contemporary existence. A high ... See full summary »

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Hervé Mimran

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Hélène Fillières (collaboration), Hervé Mimran (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Fabrice Luchini ... Alain Wapler
Leïla Bekhti ... Jeanne
Rebecca Marder Rebecca Marder ... Julia (as Rebecca Marder de la Comédie Française)
Igor Gotesman Igor Gotesman ... Vincent Houbloup
Clémence Massart-Weit Clémence Massart-Weit ... Violette (as Clémence Massart)
Yves Jacques ... Eric
Micha Lescot ... Igor
Frédérique Tirmont Frédérique Tirmont ... Aurore
Evelyne Didi ... Annie, la mère de Jeanne
Eric Wapler Eric Wapler ... Le conseiller Pôle Emploi
Gus Gus ... Sam, le chauffeur
Jean-Pascal Zadi Jean-Pascal Zadi ... Le serveur
Olivier Rosemberg Olivier Rosemberg ... Copain infirmier Vincent
Pauline Pouchin ... Hôtesse d'accueil Pôle Emploi
Baya Rehaz ... L'assistante sociale
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Based on the life of the former head of Peugeot, Christian Stieff, the film serves as a wake up call for those enslaved in the unrelenting arduousness of contemporary existence. A high profile businessman who has let his personal life lapse in favour of corporate success. When he suffers a serious stroke and wakes up in hospital he finds himself stripped back to zero. He leans to rebuild his life with the help of a therapist and his family.

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Comedy | Drama

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Hervé Mimran did not want to make a movie that perfectly reflects the real, namely the very real consequences of a stroke. When Christian Strieff explained to him that he said anything about believing himself to be intelligible, the filmmaker knew he was holding the key to this story. Mimran, on the other hand, did a lot of research and met the stroke neurologist and the speech therapists who took care of Christian. See more »

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The end credits feature the main crew jobs in a way similar to the one the main character could say them (inverting sounds or with close words - script becoming strict for example). See more »

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Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Knock on wood
Written by Jack Scoll
Composed by M.K. Jerome
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French comedy on suspect subject
21 March 2019 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

We star with the premise that if in a Film like LES INTOUCHABLE spinal paralysis is funny, stroke victims must be good for a laugh though, to give them credit, they do show recovering patient Fabrice Luchini a ward filled with grim fellow victims on respirators unable to move in their beds.

Derived from the non fiction book "J'étais un homme pressé" by Christian Streiff former CEO of Airbus and PSA Peugeot-Citroen, this one shows the rich Luchini character as a hard serving executive who intimidates all. It takes all the Luchini charm to make this guy acceptable.

He collapses on the way to work and we get into the story where, still in denial, Luchini is made to realise that he has lost his control of language, this with a major address to an executive meeting in Geneva coming up - jokes like him greeting people by saying goodbye and other malapropisms that must have given the sub-titlers nighmares. His ordering a turd from an unfazed waiter at the cafe defeats them.

He recruits hospital speech therapist Leïla Bekhti full time and starts to develop drills to restore his lost vocabulary and memory of the lay out of his district. Bored with the kids' picture books she uses he switches to the Jardin des Plantes menagerie and it's real animals.

Drone shot downwards on a speeding express train and we get a King's Speech scene in Geneva which he aces bit is still shown the door.

At which point the film starts again as Luchini settles in to sort out the relationship with his daughter (that doesn't go too well) and Béhkti, before his European hiking tour accompanied by his faithful dog - much stamping of his passport and alpine scenics. The scene setting is particularly deft in this one.

The central performance is superior but when they've set up support players so well it's unsatisfying to not find their stories given an outcome.

Lush feel good European movie of the kind that plays well in English speaking country art theaters.


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7 November 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das zweite Leben des Monsieur Alain See more »

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