The Valet

The Valet

Director: Francis Veber Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil
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The Valet

French farce master Francis Veber (The Dinner Game) combines slapstick laughs with rapid-fire dialogue as he tells the tale of a Parisian valet unwittingly drawn into the affairs of a wealthy industrialist. François Pignon (Gad Elmaleh) is a simple valet employed by a posh Paris restaurant. Blissfully unaware of the paparazzi stalking powerful businessman Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) and his stunning mistress, Elena (Alice Taglioni), the innocent passerby François wanders haphazardly into the frame. Realizing that the common man in the photograph may be Levasseur's only hope of avoiding a nasty divorce from his wife, Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas), Pierre's quick-thinking lawyer (Richard Berry) arranges for François to live with Elena in order to mislead the tabloids. Having just been dumped by childhood sweetheart Emilie (Virginie Ledoyen), François accepts the proposal, in the hopes he can win her back through jealousy. But Pierre's jealousy flares, Elena grows frustrated with her new digs, and Christine might know more than she's letting on.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
UPC: 0043396183896
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:25:00

Special Features

The Making of Valet; Director Commentary.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gad Elmaleh Francois Pignon
Alice Taglioni Elena
Daniel Auteuil Pierre Levasseur
Kristin Scott Thomas Mrs. Levasseur
Richard Berry Maitre Foix
Virginie Ledoyen Emilie
Dany Boon Richard
Michel Jonasz Andre
Michel Aumont The Doctor
Patrick Mille Pascale
Laurent Gamelon Paul
Michele Garcia Loiuse
Karl Lagerfeld Actor

Technical Credits
Francis Veber Director,Screenwriter
Dominique André Production Designer
Bernard Bats Sound/Sound Designer
Jacqueline Bouchard Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Desjonqueres Sound/Sound Designer
Philippe Desmoulins Production Manager
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Georges Klotz Editor
Gerard Lamps Sound/Sound Designer
Patrice Ledoux Producer
Françoise Menidrey Casting
Alain Olivieri Asst. Director
Bernard Seitz Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Valet
1. Nice Toy [3:30]
2. Doctor For the Doc [3:07]
3. The Ring [2:43]
4. "Open It" [2:52]
5. Feeling Guilty [3:10]
6. V.I.P. [3:45]
7. Strictly Confidential [3:03]
8. New Roomate [2:23]
9. Tidy Sum [2:40]
10. Don't Park It [3:54]
11. Up the Ante [3:05]
12. "What Sign is She?" [2:43]
13. Being Nosey [3:56]
14. Pick Up the Pieces [1:10]
15. She'll Call [1:57]
16. Broken Promises [4:23]
17. Snuggle [3:27]
18. Imagination Runs Wild [1:52]
19. Fashion Show [3:29]
20. Not Divorcing [1:55]
21. New Curtains [4:29]
22. Men Are Creeps [3:30]
23. Hidden Talents [2:00]
24. Korine [2:45]
25. Recorder [3:48]
26. Proposal [2:33]
27. The Truth [3:17]
28. Feeling Blue [3:40]

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The Valet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For centuries the French have had the market on light, elegant, stylish, fluffy and tasty comedy, both in the theater and on film. Unfortunately THE VALET (LA DOUBLURE) doesn't rise to those standards. Though written by Francis Veber, who gave us the 'La Cage Aux Folles' series and 'La Placard', seems to understand the genre as well as anyone, the script for this much-used story is bland and lacks the sparkle and inventiveness of Veber's successes. The tale is one of marital infidelity: a wealthy man Pierre (Daniel Auteuil) is married to elegant and intelligent Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas) and having an affair with top model Elena (Alice Taglioni) for two years. Elena is demanding Pierre divorce his wife or she will leave him and Pierre fears the financial repercussions of divorce. Enter a simpleton valet François Pignon (Gad Elmaleh) who is hopelessly in love with bookstore owner Émilie (Virginie Ledoyen), the daughter of his father's strange physician who is more concentrated on salvaging her business than on paying attention to François's romantic overtures. Accidentally François walks past Pierre and Elena on the street, is captured by the tabloids, and when Christine sees the picture the infidelity is questioned: Pierre seeks his lawyer's advice and the tow plot to have Elena live with François to foil Christine's suspicions. Of course the loser François and the gold digger Elena learn from their roles and the story grinds to a rather silly ending. The cast is excellent but just doesn't ignite sparks on the screen. We are left with characters for whom we have little sympathy, and where is comedy if we cannot find at least one player to support? It is a pleasure to see the beautiful Kristin Scott Thomas toss off a French role with such aplomb, but the talents of the others rarely rise above the mediocre - and that is amazing considering the quality of the cast. A disappointing film. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one sly film: fun plot, perfect setting, and top-of-the-line performances.