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Whatever You Say (2002)

Mon idole (original title)
Bastien, an ambitious young production assistant, catches the attention of Jean-Louis, a producer of high regard, and is granted a shot at his own television show.

Director:

Guillaume Canet

Writers:

Guillaume Canet (scenario), Philippe Lefebvre (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Berléand ... Jean-Louis Broustal
Guillaume Canet ... Bastien
Diane Kruger ... Clara Broustal
Philippe Lefebvre Philippe Lefebvre ... Philippe Letzger
Daniel Prévost ... M. Balbot
Clotilde Courau ... Fabienne
Jacqueline Jehanneuf Jacqueline Jehanneuf ... Maryvonne
Gilles Lellouche ... Daniel Bénard
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Patrick
Andrée Damant ... Micheline
Anne Marivin ... L'assistante
Alexandra Mercouroff Alexandra Mercouroff ... La secrétaire de Broustal
Pascal Leguennec Pascal Leguennec ... Le jardinier
Vincent Darré Vincent Darré ... Le fils du jardinier
Laurent Lafitte ... Fabrice
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Young Bastien is very pleased when his hugely successful TV producer boss Jean-Louis Broustal begins to recognize him for his talents and then invites him to his country house for the weekend to work on a new show. But gradually it becomes clear that no work is going to be done. In fact, Broustal and his much younger pretty wife seem to want Bastien for something very different than for his television talents. But can he accept their offer? Can he afford not to? Things go awry and lead to a taut and frenzied finish. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 December 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Idol See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,789,920
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Funny, clever and full of surprises
13 April 2004 | by ZmajinaSee all my reviews

I haven't seen François Berléand anywhere else, but he is marvelous here. I was constantly watching out for him, guessing whether he was crazy, cunning or just blasé. The others are OK, but he simply eclipses them.

The film has some nice turns, especially in the first half, where it successfully keeps up a relaxed yet intriguing atmosphere of a rich man's weekend where anything can happen (very 70s). Also, there are great homosexual innuendoes balancing between funny and uneasy, something quite hard to achieve, in my opinion.

Unfortunately, the characters never develop after the first hour, and the ending is contrived. Still, its quiet humor, clever script and some great acting earned it my vote of 8.


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