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Three couples looking for trouble

Three couples looking for trouble

A Feature film by Jacques Otmezguine

Produced by Mazel Productions

Release in France : 27/04/2005

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Mazel Productions

Foreign production company :

Saga Film

French distribution :

Challenge Films

Co-productions :

TSF, Carrere Group, France 2 Cinéma

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Three long-standing friends, Olivier, Rémi and Pascale are now approaching their forties. The trio, along with their respective wives and husband, formed a clan a long time ago.
But the clan undergoes its first crisis. Olivier meets Stéphanie and believes he’s found the love of his life. Younger than he is, she gives him back a taste for life; things no longer seem quite so sad and dull. But then an aneurysmal rupture puts him out of action briefly and Stéphanie leaves him. He seeks help and friendship from Rémi and his wife Estelle.
Meanwhile Pascale reviews her life. Jean-Xavier, her husband is a weak man, a failed diplomat living in his famous grandfather’s shadow. He spends his nights writing a novel that will never see the light of day. Pascale leaves him for a politician. This breakup rouses Jean-Xavier, and, a better man for it, he finds warmth and understanding from Pascale’s friends. Rémi, a teacher and Estelle, a sculptor, lead a relatively peaceful existence compared to their friends. But their marriage is haunted by Estelle’s inability to have children and their desperate attempts to adopt one. Estelle is always receptive to others and even pushes Marianne, a new arrival at Rémi’s school, into Olivier’s arms.
Destinies clash and weave in a fractured narrative where there’s space for everything, from the most powerful feelings to childish laughing fits. This mosaic of characters bound by invincible friendship constantly makes us reflect upon our own feelings and petty cowardice that can instigate truly dramatic events.
It’s in speaking about the little nothings of life that we create appealing and powerful characters. It’s in speaking about the past that present makes sense. The story is told in flashback, a return to the past so as to light up the fragile, anxiety-ridden present.

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Full credits (14)

Executive Producer :

Nelly Kafsky

Author of original work :

Lionel Duroy

Director of Photography :

Mário Barroso

Production Manager :

Jean-Dominique Chouchan

Editor :

Jean Dubreuil

Continuity supervisor :

Marie-Thérèse Prunier

Costume designer :

Sylviane Combes

Assistant Director :

Michel Guillerm

Screenwriter :

Jacques Otmezguine

Sound Recordist :

Ricardo Castro

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Assistant editor :

Valérie Mochi-Uttscheid

Production Designer :

Emmanuel Sorin

Sound Mixer :

Claude Gazeau

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 45 min

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Dolby SRD