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The Apprentices (1995)

Les apprentis (original title)
Black comedy about two best friends, one a budding playwright and the other a motorbike freak, who spend their time annoying their girlfriends and getting into various scrapes. Things turn ... See full summary »

Director:

Pierre Salvadori

Writers:

Pierre Salvadori (story), Philippe Harel (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Trintignant ... Lorette
François Cluzet ... Antoine
Guillaume Depardieu ... Fred
Judith Henry Judith Henry ... Sylvie
Claire Laroche Claire Laroche ... Agnès
Philippe Girard Philippe Girard ... Nicolas
Bernard Yerlès Bernard Yerlès ... Patrick
Jean-Pol Brissart ... Rédacteur en Chef de Karaté Mag.
Blandine Pélissier Blandine Pélissier ... Jeune Femme Agence Immobilière
Jean-Michel Julliard Jean-Michel Julliard ... Médecin
Maryvonne Schiltz Maryvonne Schiltz ... Mère de Fred
Claude Aufaure Claude Aufaure ... Père de Fred
Hélène Roussel Hélène Roussel ... Mère d'Antoine
Marie Riva Marie Riva ... Jeune Maman du loyer 48
Philippe Duquesne Philippe Duquesne ... Jeune Papa du Loyer 48
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Storyline

Black comedy about two best friends, one a budding playwright and the other a motorbike freak, who spend their time annoying their girlfriends and getting into various scrapes. Things turn nasty, however, when the pair are caught burgling the offices of a karate magazine, the consequences of which sends the playwright into a spiraling bout of depression. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Galeres?.. Embrouilles?.. Angoisses? Rencontrez de vrais professionnels!!!

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Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 December 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los aprendices See more »

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The costumes for this film were created by Valérie Pozzo di Borgo. Her brother is Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, whom François Cluzet portrayed in "Intouchables". See more »

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Written by Franco Miglacci and Claudio Mattone
Performed by Edouardo De Crescenzo
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Simply brilliant
5 October 1999 | by syd-27See all my reviews

The dialogue in this film is hilarious, the acting is superb, and the plot is intelligently constructed. There are no narrative gimmicks - these two mates are normal lads, not drug-addled, not abused by their parents, not victims of horrible fate, prejudice or a miscarriage of justice. This simplicity, coupled with its power to move solely on the development of character, is why the film is so effective. They are losers, of course, but then again who isn't nowadays? Antoine dreams of a nice house complete with nice family and literary career, Fred dreams about combustion engines. They are different, and although it is never directly said by either character, it is clear that their friendship is real and strong. Hollywood would have them opening their hearts either to each other or to some teacher or father figure, but Salvadori is more subtle than that. Their problems are manifest, but never shoved down our throats. What makes this film even more memorable, however, is its ability to make you laugh. Not only is the dialogue clever and just like the stuff you and your mates come out with, but there are also fantastic visual gags, some great set-pieces, and humour emanating from Antoine's withering state of mind (the best being his miserable crossword puzzle clues). I saw this film by accident and it is probably my favourite film, a surprise that will stay with me forever. And it doesn't rely on a pumping, modern soundtrack to keep it alive.


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