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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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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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The film is adapted from the play written by both directors, created in Paris in 2010 (théâtre Edouard-VII) staged by Bernard Murat, and sharing the exact same cast, except for the character of Claude, who was, on stage, played by Jean-Michel Dupuis. And of course, some minor characters have been added for the film : the two children, the pizza boy, and the hospital crew. Among this hospital crew, the doctor is played by Bernard Murat, who was the stage director of the play. See more »

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(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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Un Diner a Paris
Performed by Aidje Tafial Quintet
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A congregation of negativity
15 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a dinner party that turns very wrong, after a man announcing that he will name his unborn son Adolphe.

"The Name" is a very dialog heavy film. It comprises of 90 minutes of non stop arguments, people throwing tempers, and being nasty to each other. The spotlight keeps changing from one character to the next, and all five characters get their share of blame and ridicule. This film reminds me so much of the Hollywood film "Carnage", which I did not enjoy. For both films, I just do not understand why any of the characters keep the argument going by being in the room, when they could easily have walked out. The two films both show an extended argument for argument's sake. All I see is endless negativity, and no artistic credit. I find "The Name" a huge bore.


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