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Odette Toulemonde (2006)

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Neophyte director Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's French-language romantic comedy Odette Toulemonde concerns the unlikeliest of relationships that develops between two Parisians. The title character (Catherine Frot) is a forty-year-old saleswoman, saddled with two children (an adolescent daughter and a hairdresser son), who spends her days hawking cosmetics from behind the counter of a Parisian department store. Odette has absolutely no reason to feel limitless joy or to retain a bright, positive outlook on life, but experiences both - thanks in no small part to the novels of her favorite author, Balthazar Balsan (Albert Dupontel). Meanwhile, Balsan ostensibly has everything - money, fame, success - and yet feels unbridled emptiness inside. These two lives suddenly intersect and complement each other in fantastic and unexpected ways. Nicolas Buysse, Jacques Weber, Nina Drecq and Fabrice Murgia co-star; Schmitt authored the original script.

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Cast

Catherine Frot
as Odette Toulemonde
Albert Dupontel
as Balthazar Balsan
Jacques Weber
as Olaf Pims
Nina Drecq
as Sue Ellen
Alain Doutey
as L'éditeur
Julien Frison
as François
Aissatou Diop
as Florence
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½

an unexpected gem that got me smiling throughout the film... i'd love to embrace life and love like ms. toulemonde -- especially during the difficult times.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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