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France, 2004 (MIFF 2005, International Panorama)

Director: Brigitte Rouan

"Remodelling: you know when it starts but not when it will be over." [Housewarming] is Brigitte Rouan's comedic musing on renovations, relationships, domestic mayhem and illegal immigrants. Chantal Letellier (Carole Bouquet) is a legal sleuth, battling for the disadvantaged and invariably dominating in the courtroom. She's also a single mother, raising two teenage kids and juggling the friendship of her ex-husband and her own single status. When she needs to connect her upstairs apartment with the downstairs, partly a ploy to put off an eager admirer, she calls in a client, an illegal Colombian immigrant, who just happens to be an architect. Joined by a crew of his madcap compatriots, together these multi-skilled moonlighters introduce pure chaos to Chantal's home. Rouan expertly directs a wonderful cast through the unruly convolutions of this hilarious, fast-paced and ultimately pointed drama. The delightful [Housewarming] screened in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, 2005.

D/S Brigitte Rouan P Humbert Balsan S Eric Besnard WS Pyramide International TD 35mm/col/2005/95mins Brigitte Rouan was born in Toulon, France, in 1964. Her films are [Overseas] (1992), [After Sex] (1997), [Housewarming] (MIFF 05).

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