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Aro Favourite Valet, The


aka: La Doublure
France 2006, 85 minutes
Dir. Francis Veber
In French with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Comedy / Screwball


Aroview: Another inspired comic concoction from Francis Veber (dir. of most everything French and funny), that this time follows a meek parking valet who poses as the unlikely boyfriend of a supermodel in order to fool the divorce-threatening wife of a philandering CEO, and his hilarious negation of the absurd screwball scenario.

While never straying from the tried-and-true formula, Veber’s French twist on the Joe Average premise dishes up the usual faux pas with expect precision and timing. The less enamored of Veber’s fans may find this a little close to expiration in terms of its rundown situational comedy, but there’s still plenty to savour: not in the least of which, a fetching Alice Taglioni, and the disarming everyman of Gad Elmaleh as make-believe girlfriend and boy-toy respectively.

NZ International Film Festival 2006

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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