My Worst Nightmare (2012)



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She lives with her son and her husband in a well-to-do apartment opposite the chic Luxembourg gardens... He lives alone with his son in the back of a van. She is the director of a prestigious contemporary art foundation... He lives off odd jobs and social security benefits. She graduated after 7 years at university... He almost spent 7 years behind bars. She is on familiar terms with the Ministry of Culture and Arts... He is on familiar terms with each and every alcoholic beverage that happens to cross his path. She enjoys intellectual debates... He enjoys casual sex with large bosomed bedfellows. They are poles apart... and can't stand the sight of one another. Besides, they should never have met, but their children are inseparable... In the end, they'll eventually come to understand why... -- (C) Strand
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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André Dussollier
as François
Eric Berger
as Sébastien
Bruno Podalydès
as Marc-Henri
Philippe Magnan
as The Principal
Samir Guesmi
as Social Services Inspector
Françoise Miquelis
as Psychologist
Hiroshi Sugimoto
as Sugimoto
Yuni Fujimori
as Translator
Valeria Moreau
as Evelyne
Serge Ontieniente
as Set Designer
Antoine Blanquefort
as Deputy Mayor
Arielle D'Ydewalle
as Dancer at Carwash
Emeline Scatliffe
as Dancer at Carwash
Jessica Lefevre
as Dancer at Carwash
Régis Romele
as Painter at Foundation
Léa Gabriele
as Student's Mother
Laurence Colussi
as Student's Mother
Marie Boissard
as Student's Mother
Gilles Carballo
as Student's Father
Rose Cool
as Customer in Bar
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Critic Reviews for My Worst Nightmare

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

Isabelle Huppert may be approaching self-parody as an icon of Gallic frigidity, yet the talented writer-director Anne Fontaine puts that to excellent use in this broad, obvious, but consistently funny bedroom farce.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"My Worst Nightmare," though predictable, moves along nicely enough for most of its 99 minutes, thanks to an offbeat chemistry between Huppert (who's very good at looking appalled) and the very relaxed Poelvoorde.

January 24, 2013
Seattle Times
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[Huppert] can't get laughs where there are none, and she can't buy a laugh in the movie's second half.

Full Review… | December 27, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

"My Worst Nightmare" isn't great, but it isn't apologizing for anything, either. Plus, I laughed out loud at least three times.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

No one loves a broad comedy like the French, but Gallic touches of restraint tend to keep such light entertainment pleasing rather than blundering.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Its tepid satire of art world pretensions culminates with a visual dirty joke that is mildly amusing but still not worth the wait.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for My Worst Nightmare


It isn't so much that it is a bad film -- it is more than it is really something we've all seen before.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

With an upcoming gallery opening, Agathe(Isabelle Huppert) finds her plate full. Then there is a school meeting about standardized testing which is hijacked by Patrick(Benoit Poelvoorde), a laborer, who is more interested in school lunches. What Agathe is also interested in is the continuing renovations in the apartment she shares with her longtime significant other Francois(Andre Dussollier), a publisher, which is where Patrick reenters the picture. To its credit, "My Worst Nightmare" does not exactly have a nightmarish scenario. In fact, it has an archetypical set-up for romantic comedy in its pairing of opposites who initially misunderstand each other. But then director Anne Fontaine's aesthetic is prickly, not exactly conducive to this sort of thing. Even worse is the fact that she does not understand Isabelle Huppert who instead of playing the monster that was expected turns it around to find the humanity in Agathe while making it look so very effortless. That ironically undermines Francois' mortal fear of Agathe and a good deal of the comedy, even as Andre Dussollier is very funny here.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


This film is a pretty cliched look at relationships between people of different societal classes. Agathe is rich with a stick up her ass, she's pretentious and frigid. Patrick is poor and he's unrestrained, says what's on his mind and is really kind of sleazy. Opposites attract eh? So yea, you've seen this before and will probably see it again. The film certainly gets some good laughs out of Patrick's politically incorrect personality, and Benoit Poelvoorde does a good job at making this character likable, in spite of all his faults, but there are some moments in the second act where the movie just slows down tremendously and kinda loses its charm. Admittedly, the film tries to give Patrick a little depth with the narrative of how he tries to do everything he can to keep his son. And the fact is that Patrick is not just what he appears to be at first. They don't tell you a lot about his past, but you know he's gone through some shit and that's thanks to Benoit's performance. Basically, the film works past its cliches thanks to Isabelle Huppert's and Benoit's performances. It's kinda weird seeing Isabelle doing this type of movie, she usually does these films where she's playing incredibly serious characters. While, for the most part, the character is very serious, there are some surprising moments of comedy from her character and it was, while refreshing to see, strange at the same time. If you're looking for a light comedy that's easy to get into, then you're definitely barking up the wrong tree. The framing of the story reads like it's gonna be a light comedy, but it's nothing like it. I like that the film focuses on the characters, but I just found the entire film to be lacking something that would've taken it to the next level. There's just something in the second act that brings the film to, almost, a complete stop and it doesn't really recover until it's far too late. Still, it's a decent movie at best. Not bad at all.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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