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Après vous... (2003)

  Directed by: Pierre Salvadori
Written by: Danièle Dubroux, Benoît Graffin, David Léotard, Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Maryline Canto, José Garcia, Sandrine Kiberlain
Links: Après vous... on the IMDb
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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"Fun times" - a review by pearly

If you go to see a Daniel Auteuil film, you should be guaranteed a jolly good time. From what I have seen of his work, this charming gentleman has carved himself out a bit of a niche in the silly situation comedy genre. And Après vous... is no exception to this.

From the opening credits, I was already enjoying myself. The credits have little animated waiter penguins running about the place doing silly-situation-comedy-esque things; an introduction to one of the themes of the film, which is the high class restaurant waiting industry. Very cute indeed.

In this film, Auteuil plays Antoine, an overworked head waiter who one night happens upon Louis (José Garcia), a man so distraught over his break-up with Blanche (Sandrine Kiberlain), that he is in the process of hanging himself. Antoine saves Louis, and then takes pity on him, inviting him to stay. But Louis finds it difficult to motivate himself to get back onto his own two feet, so Antoine hatches a plan to find Blance himself, and somehow convince him to get back together with Louis.

What follows is a series of bungles in which each character in the piece finds themselves in predicaments that they get out of by creating even more predicaments for themselves and others. It's a fairly well known way to create a plot, but Après vous... does it very well. The whole audience was laughing and groaning with the knowledge of what was going to happen next at each turn of events. The action started to drag a little towards the end; it could probably have been a little punchier in this regard, but I can't deny the high levels of fun to be gained from seeing this film.

The acting is all spot on, and apart from the fabulous Auteuil, I enjoyed watching Kiberlain as the love interest very much. If you enjoyed The Closet (2001), you're bound to love this one as much, if not more.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 9 Dec 2004

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