Merci Docteur Rey (2002)



Critic Consensus: This overly wacky farce strains for sophistication but lacks polish and a coherent narrative.

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Andrew Litvack's farce Merci Docteur Rey stars Stanislas Merhar as Thomas, a young man who is just starting to embrace his homosexuality as his opera singer mother (Dianne Wiest) visits. Answering an intriguing personal ad, Thomas hides in a closet and sees a murder. Unsure what to do next, he makes an appointment with a psychiatrist and reveals everything. The real doctor has died, however, and the person he has told about the murder is another patient. A prank phone call convinces Thomas' mother that he has been kidnapped. Thomas eventually learns that he was closer to the murderer and the victim than he ever knew. Merci Docteur Rey was screened at the In Mill Valeey Film Festival.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Dianne Wiest
as Elisabeth Beaumont
Jane Birkin
as Penelope
Jerry Hall
as Sybil
Karim Saleh
as Murderer
Stanislas Merhar
as Thomas Beaumont
Bulle Ogier
as Claude Sabrie
Karim Salah
as Murderer
Dan Herzberg
as Rollerboy
Didier Flamand
as Detective
Roschdy Zem
as Taxi Driver
Nathalie Richard
as Radio Interviewer
Yousry Nasrallah
as TV Interviewer
Olivier Augrond
as Gigolo 2
Ruth Handlen
as Dr Rey
Vanina Vignal
as Florist
Hosh Ibrahim
as Police Officer
Johanna Leika
as Receptionist
Ilir Selmoski
as Horror Movie Actor
Charlotte Schioler
as Horror Movie Actress
Michel Filipi
as Dubbing Director
Jana Bittnerova
as Bearded Lady
Adam Kian
as Prince of Persia
Azouz Begag
as Executioner
Hossein Ghavanloo
as Sword Swallower
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Francois
Jocya Ghrenassia
as Gypsy Street Singer
Francois De Bartillat
as Gypsy Street Singer
Andy Hibbins
as Gypsy Street Singer
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Critic Reviews for Merci Docteur Rey

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

A limp, smirky lark.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie, written and directed by Andrew Litvack, a protégé of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, strains to be the ne plus ultra of arch, hyper-sophisticated fun, but the laughs are few.

January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

While the cast of Merci Docteur Rey gives it a good shot, this romp stumbles a bit.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Brainless and pointless.

September 20, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Tries too hard to be madcap.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This is less a coming-out tale than a showcase for late-middle- aged hysterical divas in flowing caftans to yell, scream and ride roughshod over the young homosexuals who are nominally the movie's center.

September 15, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Merci Docteur Rey


It's hard to imagine so much talent making a turkey like this. This film does not work. The cast seems lost, the film lacks continuity and is curiously uninvolving. I have a feeling what the filmmakers were going for and what they achieved are not one in the same.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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