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Take It From the Top

Take It From the Top

A Feature film by Nicole de Buron

Produced by Renn Productions, Les Films Montfort

Release in France : 09/08/1978

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Renn Productions, Les Films Montfort

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

Co-production :

Société Française de Production (SFP)

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The whole household revolves around the Annie (Annie Girardot), the mother, but no one helps her do anything. Without her support, her husband could not spend so much time being preoccupied with his job at a company which makes everything from sunglasses to kitchen appliances (not very good ones, as it happens). Nor could her teenaged children manage both their schoolwork and their adolescent moods. One day, she explodes. She sits herself down and writes the sexy novel she has been mulling over in her head for some time. It gets published and becomes a best-seller. This, on top of her rebellion, threatens to end her marriage.

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Behind its lighthearted humor and its (more than necessary) share of slapstick scenes, "Vas-y maman" is actually a relatively serious critique on patriarchal societies at a time where the woman's liberation movement was at its peak. The film (directed by a woman) shows how numerous women are alienated when they stay home, take care of the kids and the house... to eventually awake, one morning, totally depressed about their life choices. The film tells the story of such a woman; a mother who can't stand it anymore and goes back to work, start to serve tv dinners to her family and generally has a ball retrieving her youth by being her own boss once again... The comedy comes from the conflicts emerging between the members of this family as Annie Girardot's character defies them to put her back where she was before. Though it suffers from obvious shortcomings in the screenplay department, "Vas-y maman" is a mildly funny but interesting film about a very serious subject matter and, as a metaphor for the legitimacy of feminism, is certainly worth seeing.

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Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Claude Berri

Associate Producer :

Sylvio Tabet

Screenwriters :

Nicole de Buron, Mathilde Péan, Pierre Sisser

Director of Photography :

Étienne Becker

Assistant Operators :

Arthur Cloquet, Bernard Noisette

Production Manager :

Paul Maigret

Continuity supervisor :

Laurence Duval-Annaud

Foley artist :

Jean-Pierre Lelong

Sound Mixer :

Maurice Gilbert

Location managers :

Yvon Crenn, Philippe Desmoulins

Assistant Director :

Philippe Schwartz

Line Producer :

Pierre Grunstein

Voice :

Georges de Caunes

Sound Recordist :

René Magnol

Camera Operator :

Jacques Dorot

Editor :

Jacques Witta

Music Composer :

Marie-Paule Belle

Costume designer :

Paulette Breil

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 37 min

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