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Family Council (1986)

Conseil de famille (original title)
French rocker Johnny Hallyday stars as a professional thief just released from jail. He returns to stealing to support his family. After several successful thefts, he decides to include his under-aged kid into the "family business".

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Francis Ryck (novel), Costa-Gavras (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Hallyday ... Le père / The Father
Fanny Ardant ... La mère / The Mother
Guy Marchand ... Maximilien Faucon
Laurent Romor Laurent Romor ... François enfant / François as a child
Rémi Martin Rémi Martin ... François
Juliette Rennes Juliette Rennes ... Martine enfant / Martine child
Caroline Pochon Caroline Pochon ... Martine
Ann-Gisel Glass Ann-Gisel Glass ... Sophie
Fabrice Luchini ... L'avocat véreux / The shady lawyer
Jérôme Barrier Jérôme Barrier
Maxime Beaugrand Maxime Beaugrand
Claudine Berg Claudine Berg
Julien Bertheau ... Le propriétaire de la maison fléchettes
Françoise Bette Françoise Bette ... La belle-soeur / The sister-in-law
Philippe De Brugada Philippe De Brugada ... Le propriétaire en furie
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French rocker Johnny Hallyday stars as a professional thief just released from jail. He returns to stealing to support his family. After several successful thefts, he decides to include his under-aged kid into the "family business".

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

19 March 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Business See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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charm over substance
16 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

These days there isn't much a hardworking husband and father can do to make ends meet except turn to petty larceny, as seen in this lighthearted tale of corruption and family ties, something of a departure from the usual political thrillers of director Costa Gavras. It's billed as a comedy, which is a little misleading; the film is a character study first, a family portrait second, and a coming-of-age drama third, all underlined with sly wit and unexpected touches of (very French) humor. It's a film composed of odd events and offbeat details, like little sister Martine's unfulfilled incestuous longings for brother Francois, or the two mad, Latin speaking Bulgarian twins who interrupt one of the burglaries. In the end the story settles for charm over substance, but if the entire film adds up to less than the sum of its parts it still remains an entertaining diversion.


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