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Les âmes câlines (2001)

Jacques, painter and great seducer, is about to receive for dinner the charming Claire, a young girl of 20. In his forties, penniless but astute, Jacques has prepared a sumptuous meal.


Thomas Bardinet




Cast overview, first billed only:
François Berléand ... Jacques
Laetitia Coti Laetitia Coti ... Claire
Valérie Donzelli ... Emilie
Thibaut Boidin Thibaut Boidin ... Sébastien
Aurore Clément ... Christine
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Père de Claire et Emilie
Laure Duthilleul Laure Duthilleul ... Hélène
Micheline Presle ... Juliette
Yoann Sover ... Franck
Yahia Dikès Yahia Dikès ... Kader
Eléonore Bernheim Eléonore Bernheim ... La jeune femme de la piscine (as Eléonore Gosset)
Thomas Negaret Thomas Negaret ... Pablo
Jean-Marie Cornille Jean-Marie Cornille ... L'homme du début
Sylvie Audcoeur Sylvie Audcoeur ... La femme du début
Gwenaëlle Clauwaert Gwenaëlle Clauwaert ... La garde malade


Jacques, painter and great seducer, is about to receive the charming Claire for dinner. Broke, but astute, Jacques has concocted a sumptuous meal. And that's good, because Claire loves good things. Everything looks great when, suddenly, a door slams - and turns the evening into a gigantic fiasco. Jacques will have to change his plans, play with the unforeseen. However, that evening, it is the unforeseen that will play with him.

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Comedy | Romance


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French visa # 99958 delivered on 30-11-2001. See more »


La cumparsita
Written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
New version by Sonny Kompanek
Arranged and performed by Michel Macias
Copyright Dreamworks Music c/o Diaphana Films 2001
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Enjoyable sex comedy
18 November 2005 | by ShokeiSee all my reviews

Also known as: Sweet Jacques (Canadian title) Highly enjoyable sex comedy. Sleeper of the 2002 Vancouver International Film Festival. Good insight into the sexual mores of several generations of modern Parisians. Director Thomas Bardinet and co-writer Gilles Marchand create diverse group of characters and toss them together, with lively and unpredictable results. Feisty lead performance in the role of Jacques by François Berléand (School of Flesh, 1998). Opening credits sequence in a pool worth price of admission. Great Paris locations. Who said the French couldn't make sex comedies that were both sexy and funny?

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Release Date:

5 December 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le fossé des générations est un lit douillet See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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