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What's in a Name? (2012)

Le prénom (original title)
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Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.
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Vincent
Valérie Benguigui ...
Élisabeth
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Pierre
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Claude (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
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Anna
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Françoise
Yaniss Lespert ...
Livreur pizza
Miren Pradier ...
Infirmière bracelet
Alexis Leprisé ...
Apollin (as Alexis Leprise)
Juliette Levant ...
Myrtille
Bernard Murat ...
L'obstétricien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fanny Thiennot ...
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Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.

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Francis Heaulme, mentioned by Pierre when discussing names that should be not used, is a French serial killer, nicknamed the "Criminal Backpacker". He is suspected of dozens of murders across France, either by himself or with various partners. See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) Claude turns down the volume of the stereo, but he is turning on the wrong wheel - it's not the amplifier but the cassette recorder. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits only the first names of the actors, producers, directors... are written. See more »

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Version of Il nome del figlio (2015) See more »

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Ouverture (Thème du prénom)
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Written by Jérôme Rebotier
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French Carnage
30 July 2012 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

As you sit in front of Le Prénom, you can't help but think how many similarities it shares with Carnage (Polanski, 2011): same middle class context, almost the same setting, but with that French flavour that makes everything much tastier. Vincent is about to become father for the first time, and, during a dinner at his sister's house, he's asked about the name his wife Anna and he want to give their son. This simple, lame question sets off an evening where secrets are revealed, feelings are declared and hypocrisy is unmasked.

I think the movie, built on a very strong and witty screenplay, wouldn't have worked the same if the actors hadn't been so good, with so much remarkable chemistry between them. The cast is directed as if it were a company in a theatre: everyone has to be empathic with the others, in order to make the script work.

Better to watch it in original language, with subtitles: it's worth the risk to miss some of the dialogue.


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