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TV watch: Une Heure de Tranquillité

I watched this delightful little film yesterday evening and enjoyed it so much that I stopped knitting in order to concentrate and try not to look at the subtitles. Michel is a prosperous dentist. Out shopping one pleasant Saturday he finds a rare jazz record he’s been looking for forever and can’t wait to get back to his lovely apartment to play it. Everything conspires against him. His neurotic wife wants to confess something. His son imports a large family of ‘illegals’ into the attic. His guilt-ridden ex-mistress keeps phoning, as does his mother. The cleaner makes a racket. The Polish (only he’s not) builder crashes about then causes a flood which brings a neighbour round to complain. And so on. This clip gives some idea of the farcical chaos which ensues.

Handled differently, this could have been a dark tale about betrayal, identity and middle aged angst but here all is light, sparkling froth. I loved it and have rather fallen for Christian Clavier.


It sounds, and looks, wonderful and as I love French films anyway I shall look it out. We all need something light now and then to cheer the days :)

ETA: I see it's on Amazon Prime, I shall watch it later :)

Edited at 2016-09-18 01:00 pm (UTC)
I also love French films and one of the pleasing things about Prime movies is the number of foreign films available. I have several more on my Watchlist and just as well, as there's nothing much to watch on TV.
I was sure I had a French film with a poster like that on my Netflix playlist, but I looked it up right now and it is not there. :-(

I will look out for it on TV, thanks!

I mainly know Christian Clavier as Astérix in the live-action films (with Gérard Depardieu as Obélix).
I watched this on Prime and haven't seen it elsewhere.

I havent seen the Asterix films but that casting would work!



Thank-you so much for this post. When I read it I couldn't believe I'd missed a Patrice Leconte film. Anyway, I put it on my Amazon Love Film rental list, it arrived yesterday and my husband and I watched it yesterday evening ... It's brilliant! I can't remember when I last laughed out loud at a film, though I couldn't help thinking how awful it would have been in the hand of some British tv producers:you know, dwelling on everything for far too long, knowing looks at the audience. Thanks again for a most enjoyable 75 minutes.

Re: Thanks

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I found it very funny and would happily watch it all over again.

I know exactly what you mean about some British TV producers.