Apres Vous (2003)

Rating: ★★★½☆

Daniel Auteuil (The Valet, The Closet) is one of the finest actors working today. Equally adept in a drama or comedy, he possesses a willingness to completely inhabit the character; those chameleon-like qualities help make the difference between a good film and a great one. In Après Vous (After You) he plays a headwaiter (Antoine) who stumbles upon a lovesick man (Jose Garcia as “Louis”) trying to end it all. After preventing the suicide, and concerned for the safety of the lovesick man, Antoine takes Louis in and soon begins living the Chinese proverb that you are responsible for the life you save. He tries to intercept a suicide note Louis mailed to his grandparents, gets the nervous Louis a job as sommelier in his upscale restaurant, and tries to help Louis reconcile with his girlfriend, all the while destroying his own life.

Garcia’s character only manages to hit a few notes in this film, but to be fair, Louis is meant as a comic foil to Auteuil’s Antoine, and Garcia does a fine job as the despondent, lovesick Louis. This is Auteuil’s movie, and he plays Antoine with just the right mixture of grace, determination and envy to great comedic effect.

Cinematically, this is not a fairy tale version of Paris with gratuitous shots of the Eiffel Tower and boys with baguettes on bicycles, but a truer to life (and still mostly gorgeous) representation that Parisians will recognize as they travel through the city during their daily routines.

Product Details
• Actors: Daniel Auteuil, José Garcia, Sandrine Kiberlain, Marilyne Canto, Michèle Moretti
• Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: French
• Region: Region 1 U.S. and Canada only.
• Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
• Number of discs: 1
• Rated: R (Restricted)
• Studio: Paramount
• DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
• Run Time: 110 minutes

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