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Au bout du bout du banc (1979)

Four generations of Oppenheim men gather in Paris for Isaac's 90th birthday. He's "Romeo," still a lady's man, waiting to hear from a woman to whom he has proposed, threatening suicide if ... See full summary »

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Peter Kassovitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Lanoux ... Ben Oppenheim
Jane Birkin ... Peggy
Georges Wilson ... Eric Oppenheim
Henri Crémieux ... Isaac 'Roméo' Oppenheim
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Mathias Oppenheim
Patrick Chesnais ... Billy
Max Vialle Max Vialle ... Alex, le directeur commercial
Georges Staquet Georges Staquet ... Boyer
Yvonne Clech Yvonne Clech ... Irène Boyer
Chloé Caillat Chloé Caillat ... Reinhold
Fred Pasquali Fred Pasquali ... M. Vallet (as Pasquali)
Florence Giorgetti Florence Giorgetti ... Brigitte
Jean-Pierre Coffe Jean-Pierre Coffe ... Brigitte's husband
Patrice Minet Patrice Minet ... Le facteur
Odette Laure Odette Laure ... L'employée des Postes
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Four generations of Oppenheim men gather in Paris for Isaac's 90th birthday. He's "Romeo," still a lady's man, waiting to hear from a woman to whom he has proposed, threatening suicide if she says no. They gather at Isaac's grandson's, Ben, who lives with Peggy and their son Mathias who's 10. Joining them, from Israel, is Isaac's son Elie. Against a backdrop of Elie's attempts to call his ex-wife, Ben and Peggy's marital difficulties, Mathias's budding sexuality, everyone's love of chess and practical jokes, Ben's house (shifting dangerously on its foundation), and the twentieth-century struggles of the Jews, the film explores their relationships and Isaac's aging. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

6 June 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Make Room for Tomorrow See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A very Wise and Witty Film About Gaps and Similarities between Generations
13 August 2000 | by czar-10See all my reviews

French leading man Victor Lanoux stars in this great French comedy about the things that make every family uniquely different. Four generations of Male Oppenheims gather to celebrate the birthday of a senile great Grandfather. What ensues is a reunion of eccentricities quite unbelievable for one family.

Jane Birkin is as sexy as ever in this film. Star Victor Lanoux is pretty well known in France, but his only Hollywood Credit is a brief appearance in 'National Lampoon's European Vacation'. Director Peter Kassovitz who made 'Jacob the Liar' w/ Robin Williams, and also did a excellent segment for French t.v. series of Patricia Highsmith's Stories called 'TALES', shows his subtle genius in constructing this film. The French version is the only one too watch, because in the international dubbed version is slightly butchered in dialogue.


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