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Apres Vous

3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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A random act of kindness snowballs into vivid proof that "no good deed goes unpunished" in APRES VOUS, the irresistible French comedy that garnered actor Daniel Auteuil (GIRL ON THE BRIDGE, JEAN DE FLORETTE) a Cesar Award nomination for Best Actor. Antoine (Auteuil), a restaurant headwaiter; takes a shortcut through a park one night and spots Louis (Jose Garcia), a despondent, lovelorn stranger, attempting to kill himself. Antoine intervenes-despite Louis’s vehement protests-and hustles him home to his apartment. And it isn’t long before Antoine has decided to fix all that is wrong in Louis’s life. He artfully intercepts a suicide note mailed to Louis’s grandparents…riotously attempts to land Louis a job at his posh restaurant…and boldly attempts to mend the rifts between Louis and his former girlfriend, Blanche (Sandrine Kiberlain). But an unexpected twist of fate upsets Antoine’s grandiose plans for Louis’s "rehabilitation." Here’s a surprising, dazzling comedy treat that sparkles like a bottle of fine wine.

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  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, José Garcia, Sandrine Kiberlain, Marilyne Canto, Michèle Moretti
  • Directors: Pierre Salvadori
  • Writers: Pierre Salvadori, Benoît Graffin, Danièle Dubroux, David Léotard, Marc Syrigas
  • Producers: David Thion, Philippe Martin
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOWK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apres Vous" on IMDb

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By James Carragher on January 23, 2006
Format: DVD
Apres Vous is an excellent way to pass a couple of hours. Antoine (Daniel Auteuil) saves Louis (José Garcia) from hanging himself late at night in a park and because he is the sweet, concerned, reliable guy he is takes on Louis as a sort of human reclamation project. Among the many funny moments throughout the film -- the visit to Louis grandparents' to intercept the suicide letter he has written them where Louis finds out that they sabotaged his relationship with the girlfriend whose loss drove him to the attempted suicide; the funniest job interview since the shoe salesman interview in one of Francois Truffaut's films; and watching the personalities of the two men begin to merge. Their ostensible romantic interests, Christine and Blanche, are secondary to their own buddy relationship even as both of them fall in love with Blanche. By the time the film reaches its bittersweet, but mostly happy ending, Antoine has salvaged a life, Jose has become a superb sommelier and Apres Vous has proved again that no culture does light, life comedy like the French.
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It seems when it comes to romantic comedies the French have the corner on the market and technique. APRES VOUS is a bit of pastiche with a storyline that borders on absurd, but in the hands of director Pierre Salvadori it becomes not only an enjoyable farce, but also a tender little statement about compassion.

Antoine (Daniel Anteuil) is the fastidious and ultra compassionate manager of a high-class restaurant who bends over backwards for his staff, his patrons, and anybody who crosses his path who appears needy. He ends up making his girlfriend Christine (Marilyne Canto) take second place to his humanitarian concerns and this puts a strain on his relationship. One evening in a rush to meet Christine he encounters Louis (José Garcia) who is in the process of hanging himself in the park, his desired finale to a life of frustration and loss of his girlfriend Blanche (Sandrine Kiberlain). Naturally Antoine rescues him, feeds him, even brings him home, all the while putting his life on hold to help Louis heal his wounds. Louis is most concerned about the loss of Blanche and Antoine immediately commits his efforts to find her, woo her back for Louis (including revealing Blanche's current boyfriend's infidelity) - but in the process there develops a mutual attraction between Antoine and Blanche! Antoine arranges for Louis to get a job at his restaurant despite Louis' depression and lack of training. Just when everything seems to be turning out for the best, Christine leaves Antoine, and the circumstances surrounding Antoine's salvage of Louis' life change and the ending is somewhat of a French twist!

The acting is fine, the pacing is fine, the only problem is with the characters themselves: we soon tire of Antoine's absurd selflessness and Louis' nerdy helplessness and that hampers the identification with these characters. Other than that the film is a brisk, sweet little French farce that leaves you humming. Grady Harp, November 05
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"Apres Vous" is, on the surface, a likable film. While many will get caught up in its slight, and familiar charms, I quickly came to the realization that the film was neither funny enough or original enough to qualify as top-notch French farce (a subclass of films that I quite enjoy). While not a complete disaster, it does take a great and inventive premise and eventually waters it down into predictable romantic fare.

The film starts out so promisingly. Daniel Auteuil (are there any French films he isn't in?) stars as a successful and respected headwaiter at a fine Parisian dining establishment. On his way home one night, he spies a man attempting to hang himself in the local park. This sadsack, played by Jose Garcia, is virtually silent and despondent over a lost love. The rescue scene is quite amusing, and Auteuil (ever the good guy) takes Garcia home with him. Now Auteuil takes on the role of benefactor and protector for his fragile new friend, even as it puts his own relationship in jeopardy. Over the next few weeks, the men bond--Auteuil provides new confidence, a new job, and attempts to locate the woman from Garcia's past.

This being farce--the workplace scenes are outrageously improbable. This actually detracts from the picture because they require such a suspension of disbelief. The search for Garcia's ex is particularly complicated as she is engaged and Auteuil also finds her alluring. But my issue with "Apres Vous" has less to do with the plot than with the characterization of Garcia. Meant to be amusingly insecure, he comes across as annoyingly inept. It becomes extremely difficult to root for him because for much of the picture he is nothing but a blob of tics and complaints.
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By RevB on September 22, 2015
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LOVE the movie, but HATE the subtitles that can't be turned off. As a native French speaker, they're annoying at best. The DVD I received was previously viewed (a fact that escaped my notice when purchasing - oops!), and it was so scratched, I was amazed it played without skipping. FIVE stars for the movie/plot; ONE star for the permanent subtitles and TWO stars for the quality of the DVD (it gets two stars instead of one because it actually did play).
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