Après vous (After You) (2003)


Critic Consensus: This farcical French comedy of errors is well-acted, but the absurdities feel too forced to make such a light confection work.


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Antoine (Daniel Auteuil of The Closet), the busy manager of a fancy restaurant, cuts through a park in his rush to meet his frustrated girlfriend, Christine (Marilyne Canto), when he stumbles across Louis (José Garcia) attempting to hang himself. Antoine foils his efforts and takes the intensely phobic, despondent klutz home, much to Christine's chagrin. Lovesick Louis recalls that he's sent his "suicide note" to his elderly grandparents, so Antoine goes with him to intercept the letter. Antoine finds himself taking responsibility for Louis' life, getting him a job as a sommelier at the restaurant (despite his total lack of knowledge about wine and his nervousness around strangers) and going to visit Louis' ex-girlfriend, Blanche (Sandrine Kiberlain of Alias Betty), a florist, and the cause of his heartbreak. Antoine finds that Blanche has a new boyfriend, and cunningly arranges for her to discover his infidelity. But when he offers Blanche comfort, she begins to feel drawn to him. With Antoine's encouragement, Louis gradually develops a newfound confidence, dressing better and excelling at work, all with an eye toward winning Blanche back. Antoine, meanwhile, is falling apart as he gets more involved in trying to fix Louis' life. Christine breaks up with him, and he struggles to hold it together at work. Worse yet, he finds himself increasingly attracted to Blanche, and conflicted in his allegiance to Louis. Pierre Salvadori's romantic farce Après vous... was shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rendezvous With French Cinema in 2004.

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Daniel Auteuil
as Antoine Letoux
Sandrine Kiberlain
as Blanche Grimaldi
Marilyne Canto
as Christine
Ange Ruzé
as Young Waiter
Andree Tainsy
as Louis' Grandmother
Jean-Luc Abel
as The Inspector
Caroline Brunner
as Andre's Girlfriend
Jocelyne Desverchere
as Sandrine the Florist
Didier Menin
as Man at Thai Restaurant
Jean-Charles Dumay
as Serge the Sommelier
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Critic Reviews for Après vous (After You)

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (24)

A light, entertaining comedy with little, if any, redeeming value, other than a few good laughs.

Sep 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Although the ingredients are excellent, the result is an overcooked comedy more often provoking indigestion than laughter.

Aug 25, 2005

A lightweight farce that remains enjoyable primarily for the time spent with Auteuil.

Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

French fluff at its creepiest: illogical, exasperating, overlong and based on characters who are just as empty as the creatures who inhabit Hollywood fluff.

Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4

As the character gains confidence, Garcia tones down the tics and actually makes Louis likable.

Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

From the beginning I found the plot contrivances more than a little forced, and the behavior of the various characters improbably extreme.

Jul 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Après vous (After You)


Quirky. Cute. Well done..but as an admirer of French films, and particularly those starring Daniel Auteuil, I found Apres Vous to be a bit of a disappointment. The film has funny moments, but not hilarious moments. The premise of the story seemed ripe for both non-stop laughs and great character development--neither is really accomplished. Not a bad movie at all, just left me a little unsatisfied by the end.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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(June 2005 director Pierre Salvadori) Saw this movie as a treat--read NO reviews on it! Apres Vous means "After You!" French movie w/ English subtitles! MUCH FUNNIER THAN PINK PANTHER FOR EXAMPLE!! (Garcon) Antoine stumbles upon a man as he is hanging himself (Louis) Attempts to free him from his demons....over a lost love! Great restaurant scenes! Surprising lots of laughs! Good acting!! IN SPOKEN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES To tell you much more would be to give away the plot...much time is spent in this film in a florist shop!! LOL

Teresa S
Teresa S

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