Le Père Noël est une Ordure (1982)





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Three workers in a social services office on Christmas Eve find themselves the center of a vortex of rag-tag humanity that all need their professional help, and more. Their visit from Santa Claus does not involve a trip down a chimney, but a walk-in by a somewhat derelict, irascible St. Nick hunting for the unfortunate Mrs. Nick, whose girth is wider than her husband's because she's carrying the future little Nick or Nicola -- she also has a sack, given that she is a bag lady, and she herself is in need of an orthodontist. This unusual couple is complemented by other characters in need of assistance, including a woefully abject transvestite and one character who no longer needs assistance because corpses are pretty much beyond help. Events conspire to bring everyone to the zoo, a fitting place for the cast of eccentrics, social workers not excluded. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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Josiane Balasko
as Madame Musquin
as Therese
Thierry Lhermitte
as Pierre Mortez
Bruno Moynot
as Preskovitch
Jacques François
as Pharmacist
Martin Lamotte
as Mr. Leble
Claire Magnin
as Madame Leble
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Critic Reviews for Le Père Noël est une Ordure

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

This irreverent classic earns its cult status by brilliantly timed performances and a script as funny as it is observant.

Full Review… | December 27, 2011
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Le Père Noël est une Ordure


A classic 80s French farce, in which workers at a suicide helpline fall into an unexpected holiday disaster. Completely over the top but a lot of fun, and no matter how good your French is you'll probably still need subtitles to understand Marie-Anne Chazel, who steals the show as working-class wife-done-wrong Josette. A holiday laugh that's as zany as the Griswolds, I highly recommend.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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Deprimant, noir, a foutre les bleus si tu file pas... Mais quel resultat!! A mon avis le meilleur film des "Splendid" et un des top film francais a vie!

JM Gauvreau
JM Gauvreau

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