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And Now Ladies & Gentlemen (2003)

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

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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 to forget an ill-fated love affair. Valentin, after being struck by a serious illness, makes an emergency landing on the Moroccan coast. Jane soon crosses paths with the suave con artist, and they begin a relationship. Valentin, filmed in France, England, and Morocco, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. The supporting cast of Valentin includes Xavier Lecoeur, Romula Walker, and Laura Mayne-Kerbrat.

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Cast

Jeremy Irons
as Valentin Valentin
Patricia Kaas
as Jane Lester
Claudia Cardinale
as Madame Falconnetti
Jean-Marie Bigard
as Dr. Larry/Pharmacist
Amidou
as Police Inspector
Constantin Alexandrov
as Monsieur Falconnetti
Stephanie Ferrara
as Sam Hernandez
Samuel Labarthe
as Trumpet Player
Paul Freeman
as English Customer
Souad Amidou
as Chambermaid
Laura Mayne-Kerbrat
as Jane's Friend
Greg Reznik
as Bartender
Luchino Visconti
as Italian Tourist
Charles Gérard
as Bateau-mouche Director
Nicholas Jones
as London Jeweler
Nabil Massad
as Director Jamai
Mouna Fetou
as Receptionist
Patrick Braoude
as Bulgari Jewler
Simon Bakinde
as Boxing Opponent
Geraldine Danon
as American Dream Waitress
Matyelok Gibbs
as Old Woman in London
Adam Godley
as Son of London Jeweler
David Gulliford
as Young Valentin
Mehdi Elouazani
as TV Journalist
Driss Faceh
as Associate Inspector
Henry Wyndham
as Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for And Now Ladies & Gentlemen

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (28)

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

January 15, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

January 15, 2008 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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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 | Rating: 2.5/4
Seattle Times
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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 | Rating: 1/5
Orlando Sentinel
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A beautifully crafted meditation on memory, fate, coincidence and yearning.

August 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
Denver Post
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It's silly the way hope, optimism and love are silly: silly and rather wonderful.

August 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for And Now Ladies & Gentlemen

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)

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Daisy Maduro

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[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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#800080][/color][/font] [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]

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Walter M.

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