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Clochemerle (2004)

Certain French villagers raise a stink when their mayor announces plans to build a public restroom near the church.


Daniel Losset


Gabriel Chevallier (novel), Philippe Madral (scenario & adaptation and dialogue)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Barthélémy Piéchut - le maire
Jérôme Anger Jérôme Anger ... Girodot - le notaire
Jean-François Dérec Jean-François Dérec ... Ernest Tafardel - l'instituteur et adjoint du maire
Éric Berger Éric Berger ... Oscar (as Eric Berger)
Eva Mazauric Eva Mazauric ... Judith Toumignon - la gérante des Galeries
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... Mademoiselle Putet - une punaise de sacristie
Franck Gourlat Franck Gourlat ... François - le pharmacien
Macha Méril ... La baronne Alphonsine de Courtebiche
Jean-Pierre Michael ... Le capitaine Tardivaux
Marc Citti Marc Citti ... Arthur
Karin Swenson Karin Swenson ... Adèle
André Penvern ... Le curé Ponosse
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Le député Bourdillat
Petra Ledingdonova Petra Ledingdonova ... Rose
Michaela Badinková ... Estelle


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In Clochemerle, a French village situated in the Beaujolais region, all the inhabitants are agog over an exceedingly upsetting event: not only has Piechut, the mayor, decided to install a new urinal in the village square but he wants it built beside the local church as well. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A welcome new version of a classic from France.
19 July 2006 | by stanistreetSee all my reviews

I read "Clochmerle", Gabriel Chevalier's classic novel, more than forty years ago & loved it. It was achingly funny in a very French way - irreverent; very political - and I wondered how it might translate to the screen. Apart from Macha Meril, the cast is wholly unknown to me, but the acting is universally of a high standard & the absurdity of a Government almost crashing - because of the building of a Vespasienne in the Beaujolais & siting it beside the local church - is well paced, never descending into "Carry On" farce. It keeps to the original in a scrupulous fashion & retains the wonderful sense of period - 1923. I would award it a 9.

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23 October 2004 (France) See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic

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