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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)
  Running Time
  85 min
  Sony Pictures Classics
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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.

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.