I Follow in My Father's Footsteps (1999)

  |  Comedy

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Upon the death of his mother, Sauveur learned of his father's identity. But the first telephone contact with his parent is difficult: he is rebuked by Bertrand who denies his paternity. Savior then decides to approach him incognito.


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30 April 2004 | bob998
| For Jean Yanne admirers
... of whom I'm definitely one. If those superb oily jowls are covered with a grey beard now, I don't mind. He's the last representative of la France profonde (remember him as the butcher in Chabrol's Le Boucher?), and when he goes, so will go a certain ugly truth in French cinema. We see rural land being swallowed up by big-box warehouse stores, gas stations and highways. Yanne makes his way through this wasteland, just as cruelly irresponsible as you could wish, a rat among rats, as he teaches his unwanted son the rules of grifting.

I really wanted to see Laurence Côte after her astonishing role in Les Voleurs, where she was one of the great love objects in recent film history. I didn't find her part well developed; it's sort of a plot mechanism for Canet to assert himself with his father.

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14 April 1999



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Filming Locations

Abbeville, Somme, France

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