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France, English, 91 mins

  • Director: Amanda Sthers
  • Writer: Amanda Sthers; Matthew Robbins
  • Producer: Cyril Colbeau-Justin

CGiii Comment

A frothy French farce...with no froth, no French and plenty of pitiful farce.

Here [the ever-adorable] Toni Collette is just plain vile. Harvey Keitel fares no better. The one saving grace is Rossy de Palma...the big question is: Can she carry a film single-handedly? Not with this contrived script...she's a maid who falls, requitedly, for a millionaire art-dealer who thinks - unbeknown to her - that she's related to Royalty.

It's a 'comedy' about class and [unbridled] snobbery...sadly, it's all too lacking in the laughter department, as for being a satire [it so dearly wanted to be], oh dear...but, it is beautifully photographed!


The(ir) Blurb...

Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are 13 guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine and some playful chat lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.

Cast & Characters

Toni Collette as Anne Fredericks;
Harvey Keitel as Bob Fredericks;
Rossy de Palma as Maria;
Michael Smiley as David Reville;
Tom Hughes as Steven Fredericks;
Violaine Gillibert as Helene Bernard;
Stanislas Mehrar as Antoine Bernard;
Sue Cann as Mandy;
Ariane Seguillon as Josiane;
Beatrice Ecaterina Mujdei as Rose;
James Foley as Sean;
Brendan Patricks as Toby;
Tim Fellingham as Michael;
Josephine de La Baume as Fanny;
Sonia Rolland as Marinette

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