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Merci Dr Rey! (2002)

Merci Docteur Rey (original title)
A hot young phone sex addict and his narcissistic opera diva mom. A dangerously agitated hustler and a half-dozen dangerously agitated hustlers who look just like him. A tittering neurotic ... See full summary »


Andrew Litvack


Andrew Litvack

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dianne Wiest ... Elisabeth Beaumont
Jane Birkin ... Pénélope
Stanislas Merhar ... Thomas Beaumont
Bulle Ogier ... Claude Sabrié
Karim Saleh ... Murderer
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Detective
Roschdy Zem ... Taxi Driver
Nathalie Richard ... Radio Interviewer
Dan Herzberg ... Rollerboy
Jerry Hall ... Sybil
Simon Callow ... Bob
Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself
Yusri Nasrullah ... TV Interviewer (as Yousry Nasrallah)
Canaan Marguerite Canaan Marguerite ... Gigolo #1
Olivier Augrond Olivier Augrond ... Gigolo #2


A hot young phone sex addict and his narcissistic opera diva mom. A dangerously agitated hustler and a half-dozen dangerously agitated hustlers who look just like him. A tittering neurotic who thinks she's Vanessa Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave herself. Pot brownies, puke jokes, a gay dad, a flying lesbian, Jerry Hall, a dead body and a fetish for Brian DePalma movies! Anchoring the mayhem is Elisabeth Beaumont, an American opera star visiting Paris to perform "Turandot" and dabble in some belated mothering of her 23 year-old son Thomas. Thomas doesn't need mothering; he needs some good hot manhandling. And, in the best DePalma tradition, the quest for sex leads to voyeurism and voyeurism, leads to murder. From there, it's just a short path to therapy. Unfortunately, the psychiatrist that Thomas visits is a little on the dead side herself, and a nutty patient has taken her place. Written by a fan from miami

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »



France | USA


English | French

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Merci Dr Rey! See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$512, 29 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,590, 31 October 2004
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Howards End (1992) See more »


Cha Cha Cha d'amour
Written by Henri Salvador
master recording supplied by MUSIC BY DESIGN
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A renter, barely
23 November 2006 | by dubyah1See all my reviews

A black comedy with a parade of unlikeable characters, but with occasional touches of grace that kept me watching. Dianne Wiest, usually great in funny or funky roles, is squintingly annoying and unconvincing as the puffy diva mother, but Jane Birkin nails the egotistically insecure psych patient (her changing into a nice frock to meet the Diva is a visual pun.) Slavic-cheeked Stanislas Merhar of Gerard Depardieu's 'Count of Monte Cristo' is well-cast as the Diva's cruising son, and Bulle Ogier, almost unrecognisable from the tour-de-force Dominatrix in 'La Maitresse', as the opera director who cribs from a psych textbook is fun. Like the movie itself which swings wildly from murder mystery to farce, the language swings from English to French; subtitles on the DVD come in handy.

An extra half-star for the Parisian street scenes and Penelope's apartment. 5 1/2 stars

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