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The Valet (La Doublure)
     
  Release Date: 04/20/07

Starring: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Berry

Director: Francis Veber

Rating: (PG-13)
 
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Genre
  Comedy
   
  Running Time
  85 min
   
  Distributor
  Sony Pictures Classics
   
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NEW YORK VIEW
Elder French director Francis Veber strains for contemporary jokes in his mannered comedy about a supermodel who pretends to have an affair with a lowly parking valet, in order to hide her affair with a wealthy married man. François Pignon is charming as the shy valet, but the plain jokes all seem hopelessly stuck in an older era.

CINEMASOURCE SYNOPSIS
When billionaire Pierre Levasseur is snapped by a papparazzo with Elena, his dazzling, supermodel mistress, he tries to avoid a catastrophic divorce by coming up with an outrageous lie. He asserts to his wife that a third person, a passerby, François Pignon, who is also on the photograph, was in fact with Elena. She's Pignon's girlfriend not his. Pignon is a parking valet. He's a very ordinary fellow. Levasseur, to back up his lie, has to convince the overly beautiful Elena to go live with Pignon. Elena, shacked up with Pignon, is a bird of paradise in an apartment in the sticks. It's also a load of comic situations for The Valet.