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  • Actors: Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Gad Elmaleh, Kristin Scott Thomas, Virginie Ledoyen
  • Directors: Francis Veber
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SSQ7JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Valet (La Doublure)" on IMDb

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When paparazzi catch him with his supermodel mistress, billionaire CEO Pierre (Daniel Auteuil, Caché) devises a plan to convince his wife that the beautiful mystery woman is actually dating lovelorn valet François. Now François is the envy of every regular guy - he's got a supermodel on his arm and in his bed. But Pierre's clever wife Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas, The English Patient) cooks up a plan of her own with some hilarious, jaw-dropping surprises. An outstanding cast shines in this hilarious farce written and directed by master of comedy Francis Veber (The Closet, The Dinner Game).

A light, zippy farce from Francis Veber (writer/director of The Closet and The Dinner Game), The Valet is another masterful comic escalation of lies and pretenses. When a billionaire (Daniel Auteuil, Cache, The Eighth Day) gets photographed next to his supermodel mistress (Alice Taglioni), he tries to persuade his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas, The English Patient) that the supermodel must be with the other man in the picture--a parking valet (Gad Elmaleh) who just happens to be walking by. Naturally, the billionaire has to follow through by setting the valet and the supermodel up as a couple, lest his wife's detective uncover the truth. The valet agrees, but not because he wants to cozy up to the beautiful girl; he hopes that the money he'll be paid will win the heart of the bookstore owner he's in love with (Virginie Ledoyen, The Beach, 8 Femmes). The sneaky machinations of the characters multiply and cascade with delicious results, particularly the hapless envy of the valet's best friend (Dany Boon, My Best Friend). The Valet isn't quite as brilliantly orchestrated as The Closet (some of the plot threads feel underbaked), but it's still sly and wonderfully engaging. Don't judge Veber by the hamfisted Hollywood remakes of his films Les Comperes and Le Jouet; Veber's films have a deft sweetness that American filmmakers just can't recreate. --Bret Fetzer

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Very funny movie!
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It has a great cast and a marvellous script.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. Erwine on September 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Genuinely funny all the way through. I DON"T watch films described as "hilarious", "zany" as I always find them, in my opinon, stupid. I like real people and real situations. This movie is genuinely funny and the characters are true to themselves. This movie has warm humor. Don't miss it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Diana Faillace Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Francois Pignon, director Francis Veber's quintessential bourgeois French character, makes yet another appearance in the 2007 film "The Valet." In four different films, four actors who have nothing physically in common portray the same character type. Pignon may suffer from a benign Weltschmerz living a routine existence in a one-track job. However, when external circumstances stress his system his natural ability to persevere activates and he comes out fighting for his life at full throttle. Think Daniel Auteuil as Pignon in "The Closet" as he battles a forced resignation from his place of employment by erroneously claiming he is homosexual.

In this latest manifestation, cool blue/green eyed actor Gad Elmaleh plays Pignon to perfection. His very inconspicuousness renders him conspicuous and sets in motion a madcap set of events that continually amuse in a formulaic class struggle that can be categorized as fluff but nevertheless works.

In "The Valet," Pignon is inadvertently positioned as the middleman between billionaire captain of industry Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) and his mistress of two years, the breathtakingly lovely media-darling Elena, (Alice Taglioni). Supermodel Elena has given money-bags Pierre the expected divorce-your-wife ultimatum and he cleverly stalls with the help of his lawyer, M.Foix, a despicably jaded stereotype the creation of which Moliere would have been proud. Unfortunately for Levasseur, the proverbial stuff hits the fan when he is seen photographed with Elena in a national tabloid by his wife, Christine, the formidably intelligent beauty, Kristin Scott Thomas, who also happens to own 60% of the Lavasseur businesses.
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There is a scene in "The Lion in Winter" where Eleanor of Aquitaine is explaining the current royal machination and her son Geoffrey says: "I know. You know I know. I know you know I know. We know Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it." Geoffrey then offers a wicked smile and adds, "We're a knowledgeable family." I was remind of that line while watching "La Doublure" ("The Valet"), because in this 2006 French farce pretty much everybody knows what is going on, with the ironic exception of the guy who set all this nonsense into motion. In that regard writer-director Francis Veber's film is not a typical French farce where things are played broadly. As French farces go, "La Doublure" is rather sedate, which I thought actually worked for the film. Farce tends to make everybody look stupid, but Veber clearly decides to make one character the butt of this film.

That would be Pierre Lavasseur (Daniel Auteuil, "Un Coeur en Hiver"), the chief executive of a company with labor problems who is having an affair with a top model, Elena Simonsen (Alice Taglioni, "Grande Ecole"). Lavasseur's problems begin with a paparazzi takes a photograph that appears on the front page of a tabloid showing him with Elena. His wife, Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas, "
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Kanigan VINE VOICE on September 28, 2008
Format: DVD
French language film with subtitles. Rich billionaire corporate CEO has a 2 year relationship with a head-turning supermodel mistress (Alice Taglioni) - the supermodel threatens to leave after hearing his last promise of divorce from his wife (who owns controlling interest over his companies). They have it out on the street in front of paparazzi and picture is broadcast all over the tabloids. A valet happens to be standing next to them and Billionaire argues to his wife that girl is with valet and not him. Billionaire then tries to buy off his supermodel friend and the valet to pretend they are in a relationship. The valet lives with his best friend in cramped quarters with very little money or promise - he is in love with his high school sweetheart who doesn't see him in a romantic way. Next thing you know, he is in a relationship with one of France's most recognizable beauties.

* Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas (his wife) are terrific. The rest of the cast is weaker. And Taglioni lives up to her supermodel billing.

* Light and warm-hearted,

* Funny

* Predictable

* Colorful characters

* Not a brain teaser this one - fun, little mindless film

* Abrupt (and silly) ending
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