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Fathers' Day (1990)

La fête des pères (original title)
Thomas and Stéphane are happy as lovers but feel that they need to adopt a child to make their lives more complete.


Joy Fleury


Pierre Grillet (story), Pierre Grillet | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Thierry Lhermitte ... Thomas Bastide
Alain Souchon ... Stéphane Miran
Gunilla Karlzen Gunilla Karlzen ... Carole Larcher
Rémi Martin Rémi Martin ... Jérôme
Micheline Presle ... Mireille Miran, Thomas' mother
Jean-Louis Foulquier Jean-Louis Foulquier ... Père de Jérôme
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Bob
Jean Gastaud Jean Gastaud ... Charles
Georges Ancarno Georges Ancarno
Murielle Etifier Murielle Etifier
Catherine Mongodin Catherine Mongodin ... La rousse


As they are gay, Thomas and Stéphane cannot have children. But they love each other and their happiness would be perfect only if they could raise a little one. After failing to adopt a child in Martinique, they decide to hire a surrogate mother. Carole, a very pretty woman, agrees to bear their baby but only through "natural reproductive methods". Which of the two men will sacrifice himself? Will Carole actually give birth to a baby? Heaven knows, ladies and gentlemen...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

14 March 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fathers' Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dedicated to Cynthia Fleury, the director's daughter and to Cynthia, the director's mother. See more »


I Don't Care If I Fall
Music and Lyrics by Bob Telson
Performed by Jeff Young (1989)
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Weak comedy of manners
6 July 2007 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

A gay couple who wants a baby: the starting point is promising. It just takes a great director (Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder and a few others) to make the most of it. Unfortunately the director of this insignificant French comedy, Joy Fleury, does not live up to the potentialities of such a situation. Of course the "odd couple" is well chosen: Thierry Lhermitte and Alain Souchon are both likable. Sure, the director has respect for homosexuals and never indulges in clichéd irony or concealed contempt. The trouble is that these are the two only good points. The direction is listless (this was Joy Fleury's second and last film as a director and you easily understand why) and the subject is dealt with in a very superficial manner. To make matters worse, Gunilla Karlzen, the actress who plays the surrogate mother, although very pretty to look at, proves utterly unable to express the least emotion, let alone nuance. It is no surprise if boredom sets in. Irrevocably!

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