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Merci Dr Rey! (2002)

Merci Docteur Rey (original title)
A hot young phone sex addict and his narcissistic opera diva mom. A dangerously agitated hustler and a half-dozen dangerously agitated hustlers who look just like him. A tittering neurotic ... See full summary »


Andrew Litvack


Andrew Litvack
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dianne Wiest ... Elisabeth Beaumont
Jane Birkin ... Pénélope
Stanislas Merhar ... Thomas Beaumont
Bulle Ogier ... Claude Sabrié
Karim Saleh ... Murderer
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Detective
Roschdy Zem ... Taxi Driver
Nathalie Richard ... Radio Interviewer
Dan Herzberg ... Rollerboy
Jerry Hall ... Sybil
Simon Callow ... Bob
Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself
Yusri Nasrullah ... TV Interviewer (as Yousry Nasrallah)
Canaan Marguerite Canaan Marguerite ... Gigolo #1
Olivier Augrond Olivier Augrond ... Gigolo #2


A hot young phone sex addict and his narcissistic opera diva mom. A dangerously agitated hustler and a half-dozen dangerously agitated hustlers who look just like him. A tittering neurotic who thinks she's Vanessa Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave herself. Pot brownies, puke jokes, a gay dad, a flying lesbian, Jerry Hall, a dead body and a fetish for Brian DePalma movies! Anchoring the mayhem is Elisabeth Beaumont, an American opera star visiting Paris to perform "Turandot" and dabble in some belated mothering of her 23 year-old son Thomas. Thomas doesn't need mothering; he needs some good hot manhandling. And, in the best DePalma tradition, the quest for sex leads to voyeurism and voyeurism, leads to murder. From there, it's just a short path to therapy. Unfortunately, the psychiatrist that Thomas visits is a little on the dead side herself, and a nutty patient has taken her place. Written by a fan from miami

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »



France | USA


English | French

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Merci Dr Rey! See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,184, 19 September 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Howards End (1992) See more »


Music by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Performed by Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (as Santa Cecilia Academy Chorus and Orchestra)
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As Le Monde said in their review - if this film was a drink it would be Pink Champagne
6 December 2003 | by sunlightpicturesSee all my reviews

I watched this film knowing going in that it was a French Farce with a stellar cast that have become synonymous with Merchant Ivory productions. I was laughing all the way through - its ham in place, camp in others, self deprecating and in many ways a complete parody of what you'd expect from Merchant Ivory.

Andrew Litvack the writer/director has come up with some cracking lines of dialogue on has put all his "low budget" on the screen. He pulls performances out of cast that befits a good comedy. Jane Birkin is neurotically funny, Jerry Hall proves she can act, Vanessa Redgrave is killer with one particular put down line delivered with expert self effacement at a crucial point in the story, Simon Callow does what he does best, Dianne Wiest is incredible as an Opera Diva and when she smokes a j with one of her Parisienne friends I giggle like a stoner, Stanislas Merhar playing her son, is mesmirisingly good looking and typically French in demeanour throughout - extracting some humour just facial expressions alone.

An English speaking film shot in France, directed by an American with some witty French dialogue added to the mix and this film is for all comers - the Merchant Ivory crowd will love the casting, the Opera crowd will love the costumes, the younger crowd will love the plot twists which keep you guessing.

Look out for the funniest visual gag in a movie that I've seen in a good while - it involves a dress that Jane Birkin wears. Its pure Gene Wilder. There's Woody Allenesque moments and a touch of Robert Altman - the use of Paris reminded me of his film Beyond Therapy - another good intelligent comedy. Loved it. Gonna learn French......

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