The Student and Mr. Henri

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Ivan Calbérac

99 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2015

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Veteran star Claude Brasseur plays the cantankerous Henri of the title in this riotous comedy of bad manners and good intentions. Bitterly opposed to the relationship between his son Paul (television comic Guillaume de Tonquédec) and the flighty Valérie (Frédérique Bel), Henri strikes upon a devious plan. He offers free board to attractive student Constance (vivacious newcomer Noémie Schmidt), who, desperate to make her own way, agrees to use her charms to drive the couple apart.

What ensues is classic farce material with a whirlwind of uproarious misunderstandings and awkward situations. Yet despite the wry cynicism at the beginning, there is still a sweet and uplifting message at its core – follow your dreams and don’t waste a minute.

César award-winning director Ivan Calbérac has adapted his own stage hit to the screen with triumphant results, in a top example of the Paris boulevard comedy style. In a uniformly superb cast, honors go to Brasseur, who is a hoot as the old coot. Uproarious fun from start to finish, this is bound to bean audience favorite.

“Conveys a message of empathy, friendship and perseverance.” —En Filme

“Comfort cinema par excellence.” —MovieMail

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A film by Ivan Calbérac
Starring Claude Brasseur and Noémie Schmidt


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