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Not on the Lips (2003)

Pas sur la bouche (original title)
A musical drawing room farce set in Paris in October, 1925. Gilberte, in middle-age, flirts with men but loves her husband Georges, wishing he were more demonstrative. He's negotiating a ... See full summary »

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Alain Resnais

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André Barde (libretto: Une opérette d')
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sabine Azéma ... Gilberte Valandray
Isabelle Nanty ... Arlette Poumaillac
Audrey Tautou ... Huguette Verberie
Pierre Arditi ... Georges Valandray
Darry Cowl ... Madame Foin
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Charley
Daniel Prévost ... Faradel
Lambert Wilson ... Éric Thomson
Bérangère Allaux Bérangère Allaux ... Les jeune filles
Françoise Gillard ... Les jeune filles (as Françoise Gillard Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Toinette Laquière Toinette Laquière ... Les jeune filles
Gwenaëlle Simon Gwenaëlle Simon ... Les jeune filles
Nina Weissenberg Nina Weissenberg ... Juliette
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A musical drawing room farce set in Paris in October, 1925. Gilberte, in middle-age, flirts with men but loves her husband Georges, wishing he were more demonstrative. He's negotiating a deal with an American, Eric Thomson, who turns out to be Gilberte's first husband from an annulled and secret stateside marriage. Along with her sister Arlette, Gilberte begs Eric not to tell Georges about the marriage. Meanwhile, a young artist, Charly, pursues Gilberte while Arlette tries to match him with the young Huguette, who loves him. Will Eric play along or try to re-win Gilberte's affection? Can Gilberte play one off against another? And who will manage to kiss whom on the lips? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,157,074
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Audrey Tautou (Huguette) and Isabelle Nanty (Arlette) previously starred together in Amelie. See more »

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Pas sur la bouche
Music by Maurice Yvain
Libretto by André Barde
Performed by Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Nanty, Audrey Tautou, Pierre Arditi, Jalil Lespert, Daniel Prévost and Lambert Wilson
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frothy frivolity a la Feydeau
22 May 2004 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

This is classic French farce, very theatrical with a 1920s score, entirely interior sets (best being the 3rd act bachelor pad) and ridiculous intertwining relationships. It is tempting to see it almost as an Amelie remake, complete with lush visuals and two leads from that film. It has the same romantic view of French life, the same emphasis on relationships, the same reliance on a sparkling performance by Tatou. It is slow, and hard to follow with subtitles - you really need to speak French to get much out of this (esp the excruiating accent of the American). Some interesting little touches - the spoken credits at the start (very Godardian!) and the way that characters leaving the stage just vanish. It is very witty, brittle and bright. A curiosity rather than a masterpiece.


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