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The Idol (2002)

L'idole (original title)
Zao, a retired cook living alone in an apartment. His day-to-day life consists mostly of routine; he meets with a fellow retiree, waters his plants, etc. But his predictable lifestyle is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Leelee Sobieski ... Sarah Silver
James Hong ... Zao
Jean-Paul Roussillon Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Roger Castellac
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Philippe
Marie Loboda Marie Loboda ... Caroline
Jany Gastaldi Jany Gastaldi ... Madame Bordas
Liliane Montevecchi ... Nicole
Liliane Rovère ... Gilberte
Rémy Roubakha Rémy Roubakha ... Le taxi
Esse Lawson Esse Lawson ... La femme-flic
Fred Cacheux Fred Cacheux ... Le flic
Olivier Augrond Olivier Augrond ... Le pompier
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Zao, a retired cook living alone in an apartment. His day-to-day life consists mostly of routine; he meets with a fellow retiree, waters his plants, etc. But his predictable lifestyle is thrown for a loop with the arrival of Sarah (Sobieski), a free-spirited girl who instantly captures the interest and attention of virtually everyone in the building. Zao lives the closest to Sarah, so when she has an electrical problem, she asks for his help. They get to talking, and soon find themselves spending more and more time together. Written by Lament

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Release Date:

29 January 2003 (France) See more »

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$13,244
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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Why has this not premiered in America?
27 July 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Your typical American audience will salivate over a movie like L'Idol. For the simple reason of nudity and sexual overtones, truck loads of fans will pile up and wait in line to see a movie like this. Leelee Sobieski has tempted her fan base for years to star in an "art house" picture like this one. Her natural beauty has kept her a popular actress since the start of her career. The French / Polish actress has fooled around with doing swim suit moments in the Glass House and cover up jobs in the NBC movie Uprising. Now, the world gets to see some brief nudity from an actress who has millions of fans who want to see her "show all." But, the movie hasn't been picked up in America?! Two years later, a movie that should have made millions at the video stores hasn't even stepped foot in the U.S. L'Idol is considered your typical French film where sex is always the setting. Although this movie is not about sex, most of your typical French films has the hidden background of sexual struggle between characters throughout the movie. L'Idol has been greatly over looked and should be on the American video store shelves as soon as possible.


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