Wednesday, July 14, 2021

La Doublure -- July 14, 2021

In honor of Bastille Day, here is a movie that I caught once on cable, enjoyed immensely, and have never seen since. The English title is The Valet. The French title is La Doublure, which must be a French slang term for something like a beard. Daniel Autiel, who is good in everything, plays a billionaire factory owner who is cheating on his wife with a supermodel, Alice Taglioni. Gad Elmaleh is a lowly valet parker who gets dumped by his girlfriend because she needs a pile of money to keep her bookstore open. The billionaire pays the supermodel and the valet to pretend to be a couple so he can arrange for a quiet divorce. The reactions of the valet's friends, family and co-workers are hilarious. In the end, the billionaire loses out, but the others learn something and grow into better people.

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