Air De Famille

Un Air De Famille

Director: Benoit Delhomme, Cédric Klapisch

Cast: Benoit Delhomme, Cédric Klapisch, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

     
 
In this black comedy from France, a family gathers in a tavern, ostensibly to celebrate a birthday, but poking each other's sore spots turns out to be the main order of business. Henri (Jean-Pierre Bacri) runs a saloon that he inherited from his father called "The Sleepy Dad," and in the near-empty bar, he plays host to several members of the family as they mark the

Overview

In this black comedy from France, a family gathers in a tavern, ostensibly to celebrate a birthday, but poking each other's sore spots turns out to be the main order of business. Henri (Jean-Pierre Bacri) runs a saloon that he inherited from his father called "The Sleepy Dad," and in the near-empty bar, he plays host to several members of the family as they mark the 35th birthday of his sister-in-law, Yolande (Catherine Frot). Henri's sister, Betty (Agnès Jaoui), is 30, single, and not very happy about it; his brother (and Yolande's husband), Phillipe (Vladimir Yordanoff), runs a growing software company; Mother (Claire Maurier) is the siblings' strong-willed matriarch; and Henri's dog is on hand, whom someone describes as "like a rug, but alive." It's not been a good day for most of them: Phillipe is convinced that his business will go out the window as a result of the ugly tie that he wore on television; Betty is depressed about the sad state of her current relationship; Henri has just learned that his wife is leaving him; and Mother is tossing caustic barbs at everyone left and right. Henri's bartender Denis (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is the one neutral party on hand, and he provides the voice of reason in the midst of the bickering.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The best comedies often have some resemblance to tragedy, finding humor in situations that might otherwise provoke tears or anger, and Un Air de Famille is a fine example of how to mine that humor. In real life, a person plunked down in the middle of the squabbles and disagreements that permeate Famille would head for the nearest exit as soon as possible, but watching their stories from a distance enables a viewer to laugh -- which he or she will, very often, and frequently with abandon. Famille is not the kind of comedy that scores because it is filled with extractable jokes, although there is plenty of witty dialogue thrown about; its most potent humor arises from its characters and situations, which are delineated with loving care by its creators, even when they are dealing with people behaving repugnantly. Cedric Klapisch's empathetic direction is perfectly in tune with the writers, and he molds this material into a sparkling, feisty, chaotically controlled whole that is a joy to watch. Helped immeasurably by a solid cast who know these characters inside and out (of which Catherine Frot's irresistible Yolande is first among equals), Un Air de Famille is the kind of touching, irritating, uproarious film that cuts close to the bone but does so with the care and precision of a fine, dedicated surgeon.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
UPC:
0720917014494
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Pierre Bacri Henri
Jean-Pierre Darroussin Denis
Catherine Frot Yolande
Agnès Jaoui Betty
Claire Maurier Mother
Vladimir Yordanoff Philippe
Alain Guillo The TV Presenter
Sophie Simon The Mother, 1967
Cédric Klapisch The Father, 1967
Antoine Chappey Neighbour
Chantal Gouard Mother's Friend
Viviane Ordas Mother's Friend
Aurelie Ranacle Betty, 1967
Nicolas Taieb Henri, 1967
Ludovic Taieb Philippe, 1967
Romain Legrand Kevin, Philippe's Son
Hugo Charpiot Mikaël, Philippe's Son
Zinedine Soualem Café Customer
Walter Debeigh Café Customer
Denis Falgoux Café Customer
Albert Parisio Café Customer
Elmoez Jalouli Youths At Housing Project
Olivier Rageoonauth Youths At Housing Project
Louis Espert Youths At Housing Project
Alexandre Garcia Youths At Housing Project
Lyamin Jamel Youths At Housing Project
Diatta Ibrahima Youths At Housing Project
Yann Brunelles Youths At Housing Project
Christophe Bademis Youths At Housing Project
Stéphane Pouillade Youths At Housing Project
Patricia Eridan Youths At Housing Project
Peter Tuesday Caruso, The Dog

Technical Credits
Benoit Delhomme Director,Camera Operator
Cédric Klapisch Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Bacri Screenwriter
Philippe Eidel Score Composer
Francois Emmanuelli Art Director
Charles Gassot Producer
Philippe Heissler Special Effects
Jacques Hinstin Executive Producer
Agnès Jaoui Screenwriter
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Lancelot Production Manager,Sound/Sound Designer
Laurence Ploon Asst. Director
Jacques Royei Asst. Director
Francine Sandberg Editor
Francois Waledisch Sound/Sound Designer

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