And Now Ladies & Gentlemen (2003)



Critic Consensus: The plot is convoluted and awash in suds.

Movie Info

Valentin (also known as And Now...Ladies and Gentleman) is directed by Claude Lelouch and features Jeremy Irons as Valentin, a criminal mastermind whose jewel-stealing business, despite having made him rich, does not offer him much room for personal growth. Hoping to find meaning for his existence, Valentin buys a boat and sets off on a one-man sailing trip around the world, with the police at his heels. At the same time, a burned-out jazz singer named Jane (Patricia Kaas) is in Morocco trying … More

Rating: PG-13 (for momentary language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Pierre Leroux, Pierre Uytterhoeven, Claude Lelouch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2004
Box Office: $0.6M
Paramount Classics - Official Site


as Valentin Valentin

as Jane Lester

as Madame Falconnetti

as Dr. Larry/Pharmacist

as Boubou

as David

as Police Inspector

as Monsieur Falconnetti

as Sam Hernandez

as Trumpet Player

as English Customer

as Chambermaid

as Jane's Friend

as Bartender

as Italian Tourist

as Bateau-mouche Direct...

as London Jeweler

as Director Jamai

as Receptionist

as Bulgari Jewler

as Boxing Opponent

as American Dream Waitr...

as Old Woman in London

as Son of London Jewele...

as Young Valentin

as TV Journalist

as Associate Inspector

as Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for And Now Ladies & Gentlemen

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (29)

A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Top Critic

According to common usage, the French word stupide comes closer to silly than to dumb, which is how I might rationalize my affection for this harebrained, obvious, but euphoric tale.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

You'll either like this soaringly daft confection, even as it aggravates you with its self-absorption, or you won't. I did.

August 29, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie is overcrowded with ideas, any one of which might have made a fun premise. Put them all together and the result is just plain silly.

August 29, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A beautifully crafted meditation on memory, fate, coincidence and yearning.

Full Review… | August 22, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Lelouch isn't interested in anything so pedestrian as plausible narrative.... some people want to fill the world with silly love songs.

Full Review… | January 2, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for And Now Ladies & Gentlemen


[font=Century Gothic][color=purple]"And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen" is about two people of different professions - Valentin Valentin(Jeremy Irons, who also played Humbert Humbert in "Lolita". What gives?), a jewel thief/master of disguise and Jane Lester(Patricia Kaas), a jazz singer - who are both suffering from the same physical malady - blackouts with an amnesia chaser. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#800080]It feels like Claude LeLouch is trying to make an old-fashioned romance but cannot really decide fully on the movie he wants to make. Does he want to make a tearjerker or "To Catch a Thief"? And the movie is none too plausible. But the Moroccan scenery is certainly nice. [/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The acting by the cast in "and now... ladies and gentlemen" - both by great actors like Jeremy Irons, as well as others, like Patricia Kaas a famous Jazz singer, is beautiful, very deeply felt.
I was moved by the expression in these two actor's eyes. But one mustn't consider and rate acting by itself in Lelouch movies,which I was not familiar with, but it is the unity of all skills and feelings that make his work so profound. The acting, directing, photography, music... they make up the story.

This movie is filled with illusions, and incredible photographic beauty, specially the ones in Morocco. A must to see.

somehow the Morocco inspector reminds me of the TV serie Inspector Colombo, (funny)

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer


Jeremy Irons and Patricia Kaas are a gorgeous couple...but the jazz music was not to my tastes, and I found the ending made me feel sea-sick and unsatisfied.

Christine S

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