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Madame Irma (English Subtitled) 2006 NR

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4.1 out of 5 stars (45) IMDb 5.6/10

Francis, 45, a successful executive, gets fired unexpectedly.

Starring:
Didier Bourdon, Pascal Légitimus
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Didier Bourdon, Yves Fajnberg
Starring Didier Bourdon, Pascal Légitimus
Supporting actors Arly Jover, Catherine Mouchet, Claire Nadeau, Jacques Herlin, Julie Ferrier, Yoann Denaive, Estelle Krol, Jean-Pierre Lazzerini, Farida Ouchani, Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Matthew Gonder, Isabelle Coulombe, Francoise Surel, Cyrille Eldin, Katia Lewkowicz, Eric Naggar, Véronique Boulanger, Bernard Atlan
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Hilarious comedy!
I was pleasantly surprised, thinking this might be a slapstick farce, along the lines of 'Tootsie.' Far from it.
Still, yes, Madame is not really a madame. So, sit back and enjoy what follows from that.

I'm so glad I watched the credits roll at the end of the movie. The little vignettes were as funny as the rest of the film.
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If you want a laugh, this movie should get you giggling. The premise is fun. A 45-year-old exec is downsized. He has a mortgage to pay, private tuition for his daughter, alimony for his ex-wife. But he doesn't get too down - he gets smart. After learning how much a fortune-teller can make, he becomes Madame Irma. What's funny is how he responds to the diverse people who come to seek his psychic abilities: the gangster, the controlling mother-in-law, the elderly man who can't get over his wife's death, the wife of his best friend.

Didier Bourdon as Madame Irma is a delight. I could watch his antics for more than the movie lasted. Keep watching through the credits as there is more denouement. This is a bit of a French farce and quite entertaining. It's a bit slow amping up, but once Mme. Irma is in her wig and high heels, the fun begins.
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The conceit of the phoney, cross-dressed, fortune teller was done in a 1952 novel (Le dimanche de la vie), where the fake fortune teller has the uncanny knack of making up things that will, in fact, occur. Of course, much of his insight comes from having all the ladies of the neighborhood as clients, so he's up on all the gossip and everyone's business. It was published in English under the title The Sunday of Life and was also adapted as a film under the original French title in 1967.
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Looking for stress relief with comedy whose acting doesn't make you strain to watch the story line? Looking for a comedy that isn't dark, but isn't stupid? Looking for an hour or so to take you away from your normal life, but not make you feel like your normal life isn't good enough when you get back to it? This is it.

Successful man loses job, but in the process has ego beaten down and doesn't want to admit it to his new young wife. He looks for job, but can't find one. In desperation he goes to a psychic who has set up shop in a little travel trailer. It isn't what she tells him, but what she charges that inspires him to dress up in drag and try it himself.

Because he is an intelligent guy, he catches on quickly on how to listen to people, how to tell them what they want to hear, and sometimes need to hear...and he becomes hugely successful! But soon even his friends and family are coming for readings and his problems start.
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From executive suit and tie to blonde wig, black nylon stockings, and golden high-heel shoes, Francis's life had taken an unexpected twist.

At 45, a big shot high level executive for an American high-tech biz, Francis is told his Parisian office will close, plus his management job would be eliminated. Faced with unemployment, a wife and two children, he knows he'll need money to survive. Yet his high paying job went down the tubes. So to find help, he visits a fortune teller in a mobile home, to seek advice.

Once he steps outside the mobile home, instant karma hits him. He wants to start his own fortune-telling service. To masquerade as a fortune teller, he puts on a wig, stockings, and high heels. Francis, played by Didier Bourdon, who also directs this hilarious light-hearted comedy released in 2006, elicits help from his best friend, a doctor played by Pascal Legitimus.

Soon enough, the money rolls in: plenty of it. His wife is happy, and so are his two kids. Yet Francis never tells them that he had been dumped from his executive job. And of course, says nothing about his new gig, being a middle-aged woman fortune teller.

The hilarious scenario is bizarre. Yet it works. he has plenty of clients who pay him good money to hear their fortunes. The money is now there, more than ever, Francis goes with the flow. He succeeds at fortune telling because he knows how to read people and listen carefully for any revealing detail. His fortune telling skills work.

Word spreads quickly in Parisian communities about his uncanny talent for telling fortunes. Clients line up to see him. Including a gangster, his mother-in-law, his best friend's wife, and an elderly who wants to contact his deceased wife. They keep Francis busy, very busy.
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This was a real gem. Just looking for something free to watch and decided to try this one. I really enjoyed it. Be sure and watch the credits at the end, as there's some funny stuff. I thought this was going to be about a madame for working girls, but it's about becoming a fortune teller, so is clean, by the way.
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I normally would not watch foreign films with subtitles but this one is worth it. I loved Madame Irma. I laughed out loud and when it was over, I felt uplifted and happy.
Other reviewers have given a synopsis of the plot so I do not need to repeat that information.
What I saw was a middle aged man who was a little stale and then totally lost and afraid when his routine changed. A desperation pushed him in a completely alien (to him) direction and he found something odd, satisfaction and surprise at people's responses to Irma. His friend saw it as conning people but it didn't come across as such. The people connected to her, grew fond of her, needed her. They needed human contact - someone to listen. It started being all about the money for him, to support his family. It ended being more than that to the people who would push more money than Irma asked because they valued the experience higher than he/she would have expected.
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