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Après Vous


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: C



Why is it when the French do stupid, preposterous comedies, they are sophisticated and intelligent?  Yet, when you get the Hollywood equivalent, they’re just a bunch of stupid idiots?  Well, many French comedies have been remade into bad U.S. versions, but you can look no further than Pierre Salvadori’s Après Vous (2005) to see how stupid a French original can be.  Louis (José Garcia) is about to hang himself when restaurant worker Antoine (Daniel Auteuil) sees him.  Unfortunately for us, he rescues him and a love triangle ensues.


The beautiful, unfortunate woman here is Blanche (Sandrine Kimberland) becoming the object of the affection of both.  Unfortunately, Boudo Saved From Drowning this ain’t.  Instead, it trivializes the suicide, the adults, the food industry, the audience and the Comedy genre in general.  The actors are not terrible, but the five writers who help Salvadori write this mess cannot save him from his lame dialogue.  Pseudo-sophisticated in all kinds of ways, this was a moderate hit and award winner in France.  Thankfully, it did not share the same success here.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image fares better with decent color and detail, as shot by cinematographer Gilles Henry, A.I.C., though none of the shots are very memorable.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a bit better than the 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds, which has an obnoxious use of vocal music.  There are no extras except previews for other Paramount titles, but 110 minutes of this film was more than enough.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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