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Odette Toulemonde (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 February 2007 (France)
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Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Frot ... Odette Toulemonde
Albert Dupontel ... Balthazar Balsan
Jacques Weber ... Olaf Pims
Alain Doutey ... L'éditeur
Camille Japy Camille Japy ... Nadine
Fabrice Murgia Fabrice Murgia ... Rudy
Nina Drecq Nina Drecq ... Sue Helen
Jacqueline Bir Jacqueline Bir ... La dame sèche
Laurence d'Amelio Laurence d'Amelio ... Isabelle Balsan
Julien Frison Julien Frison ... François
Erik Burke Erik Burke ... Filip
Aïssatou Diop Aïssatou Diop ... Florence
Nicolas Buysse Nicolas Buysse ... Polo
Bruno Metzger Bruno Metzger ... Jésus
Cindy Besson Cindy Besson ... La cliente battue


Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a totally unexpected way. The story of a meeting between two unusual castaways who have nothing in common... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama


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I levitated as Odette did, out of sheer pleasure by watching this movie.
1 March 2009 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

I read all the previous commentaries about this film, to see if I was alone in loving it as much as I did, and with pleasure can see that save one (out of seven) they all loved it.

Maybe I have the same mentality of this low class department store clerk, that is able to levitate when she experiences supreme happiness.

Why not.

As they show it in the movie, not only high brow literature can give you high pleasure. Some trash once in a while can be truly satisfying indeed. And being a great fan of Almodovar movies, this one gets quite close to his trashy school of philosophy. I loved it. I loved everything about this movie.

The main couple is so charming one would like to embrace them and tell them: I love you! This is the kind of fantasy movie that I would place next to "Miss Potter", "El laberinto del fauno" and "Les paraplues de Cherbourg", to me, masterpieces of their genre.

The musical numbers are delightful because apparently "house made" they seem spontaneous and very casual. They just happened as one would start dancing and singing at home because on the radio they started playing our favorite song.

I would recommend it to anybody of any age. This one should be called "La vie en rose"!

And now I can see why Josephine Baker was so successful in France as a singer. She was a very light soprano (the perfect voice for Snow White --no pun intended), but her rendition of these songs are simply delightful, after so many years, and as a bonus, they give you and incredible pang of nostalgia!!

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Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Odette, una comedia sobre la felicidad See more »

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2.35 : 1
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