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My Worst Nightmare

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Product Description

Agathe (Isabelle Huppert, Amour) is an uptight, impatient art dealer who lives in an expensive Parisian apartment with her wealthy publisher husband (Andre Dussollier, Unforgivable). Patrick (Benoit Poelvoorde, Coco Before Chanel) is a skirt-chasing, unemployed single father who lives in his van with his son. Their lives would never intersect except that their two sons are best of friends and her husband has hired Patrick to remodel their apartment. Hilarity ensues as this odd couple relationship turns into Agathe s worst nightmare.

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remarkably entertaining... a don't-miss movie --Trust Movies

a smart comedy... a joy to watch --Slant Magazine

superb... charismatic... hilarious --Reel Film Reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Poelvoorde, Andre Dussollier
  • Directors: Anne Fontaine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009SFR2SQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For the first 15 minutes of so of watching this new French film, starring the incomparable actress Isabelle Huppert I was wondering what I was getting into. The frenetic pacing and the obnoxious character played by actor Benoit Poelvoorde was making me nuts and I was ready to quit. But then things changed and, all of a sudden, I was drawn in and really cared for the characters. And, if you like offbeat French comedies - or independent films (both are the type coming from Strand Releasing) I think you'll like this one two. Huppert is not known for comedy but she has fun here. The story is basically how two individuals who have virtually nothing in common (he's a loud mouth slob; she an art dealer who is "cold as ice") find something in common. I won't reveal more of the plot - and I hope other reviewers refrain from this too - as it will spoil the fun.

The 100 minute 2011 film is the kind that the French do best. It's in French of course and the subtitles - while in white - are still pretty easy to read. The dialogue, especially in that first 15 minutes, is hectic so you may need the pause button here. But generally you should have no problem.

The DVD contains the original theatrical trailer - which, oddly enough, has subtitles twice the size of those in the film - and other Strand trailers. That's it for bonuses.
The supporting actors are also wonderful and I liked how the story took directions you don't expect.
Another small "gem" that I'm glad I discovered - and didn't give up on. Consider those 15 minutes a "set up" and then enjoy the ride.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 4, 2013
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The great Isabelle Huppert must surely be one of the boldest, most fearless actors at work today. But I must confess, her films are becoming increasingly hit-or-miss in my mind. Even in her most uninspired pieces, though, I usually find Huppert absolutely fascinating. I think that this was, perhaps, my greatest disappointment with the farce "My Worst Nightmare." It is not a bad movie, per se, it just lacks any amount of originality. And instead of offering anything new, Huppert serves up a character that she could play in her sleep! This is a quintessential opposites-attract type comedy that pairs an uptight businesswoman (Huppert) with a irrepressible and irresponsible lothario (Benoit Poelvoorde). Can his impulsiveness thaw her icy demeanor? And can her seriousness make him a better man? I bet you might already know the answer to these questions! More to the point is whether you will care or not.

As "My Worst Nightmare" opens, Huppert is paired with Andre Dussolier (actually my favorite character). Their child is in school with Poelvoorde's son, and the two boys form a fast friendship. This is especially useful as Social Services is threatening Poelevoorde and his wayward nature. So he lets the boy establish a bond with the more affluent and stable family. Of course, he and Huppert are complete antagonists, but Dussolier is enamored of the man's free spirit. Before you know it, the impact of this new relationship realigns everything in the picture. And where the movie starts out as an over-the-top romp, it morphs into something slightly more effective as these changes come into being. The beginning of "My Worst Nightmare" is so overdone with clownish characterizations, this shift is all the more welcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Roman on May 30, 2013
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She's a great actress, Huppert, just the whole movie doesn't do her justice. A light movie for a boring summer afternoon, that's about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrafirma on May 11, 2013
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Many funny surprises and twists to this movie. It a great movie to watch with someone you love. Open up the bottle of wine, relax and enjoy!
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actors are excellent, the plot is a bit expected (cross-class tales) and lacks a bit of verisimilitude but it works well thanks to the three wonderful actors that serve the main characters and in the end, art redeems the whole thing so it is a very pleasing film which actually tells a lot on French social stratification and ideals of "respectability" ....
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By Amber on May 7, 2014
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I think most might not care too much for it. Unless like me, you like the quirkiness from french movies, something different that from most American movies. It didn't have too many funny moments, but some of those were pretty good. I found it entertaining.
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By Mischa on April 10, 2014
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This is very much character acting, and I suppose that is what I don't like about it. It is a caricature of personality types to the point where it is no longer funny but the characters just grind on your nerves. I am not sure how I watched it all.
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J'aime le film Mon Pire Cauchemar. A funny story about a very unlikely couple. She's a very wealthy businesswoman and he's basically a homeless contractor and an alcoholic. They meet through their sons who are classmates and friends. They both learn what's important in life when they become romantically involved.
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