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Pardon Mon Affaire (1976)

Un éléphant ça trompe énormément (original title)
As loyal as a dove, a family man is about to tell his first lie to his wife when he falls for an enchanting woman in a billowy red dress. With a bit of help, he just might get what he wishes for; however, is love always a bed of roses?

Director:

Yves Robert

Writers:

Jean-Loup Dabadie (scenario), Yves Robert (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Étienne
Claude Brasseur ... Daniel
Guy Bedos ... Simon
Victor Lanoux ... Bouly
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Marthe Dorsay
Anny Duperey ... Charlotte
Marthe Villalonga ... Mouchy Messina
Louise Conte Louise Conte ... Marraine
Maurice Bénichou ... Gonthier
Christophe Bourseiller ... Lucien (as Christophe Bruce)
Jean Lescot Jean Lescot ... Le patient inquiet
Martine Sarcey Martine Sarcey ... Esperanza
Catherine Verlor Catherine Verlor ... Stéphanie
Pascale Reynaud Pascale Reynaud ... Delphine
Richard Saint-Bris Richard Saint-Bris ... Charles
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Storyline

Quatre amis, Etienne, Daniel, Simon et Bouly ont du mal à grandir et, la quarantaine révolue, continuent de se jouer des tours. Etienne, qui est toujours resté fidèle à sa femme, tombe amoureux de Charlotte après ne l'avoir vue qu'une seule fois et met le paquet pour la conquérir, avec l'aide de ses amis, entre équivoques et situations à la limite de la farce. A la fin, il va se retrouver sur une corniche au huitième étage, en robe de chambre devant la foule, la télévision et les sapeurs pompiers... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Four million Frenchmen and 50,000 New Yorkers can't be wrong.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pardon Mon Affaire See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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French films can be funny
19 July 2000 | by PeterJacksonSee all my reviews

Etienne(Jean Rochefort)is a happily married man and a good father. His friends all have secret affairs and/or cheat on their wives. One morning, Etienne sees a woman in red passing by his car. He falls in love with her and tries everything to get to know her better. Of course, this must be kept a secret to his wife.

Whereas the story may not be very original, this film is extremely charming and amiable nonetheless. It has a great supporting cast(Brasseur is a stand-out), very funny moments and many real-life characters. Too bad this charming little film was later remade as THE WOMAN IN RED(with Gene Wilder and Kelly LeBrock). But Hollywood seems to have this "urge" to make their own version of each film with a bit of success outside the States. Anyway, if you have to choose between the original and the remake, choose UN ÉLEPHANT...(or PARDON MON AFFAIRE as it is sometimes called). 7/10


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