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Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)

Le père Noël est une ordure (original title)
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Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

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Jean-Marie Poiré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anémone ... Thérèse
Josiane Balasko ... Marie-Ange Musquin
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Josette
Christian Clavier ... Katia
Gérard Jugnot ... Félix
Thierry Lhermitte ... Pierre Mortez
Bruno Moynot Bruno Moynot ... Zadko Preskovic
Martin Lamotte ... Monsieur Leble
Jacques François ... Le pharmacien
Michel Blanc ... Une voix au téléphone (voice)
Jeannette Batti Jeannette Batti
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot
Suzanne Berthois Suzanne Berthois
Bhime Souaré Bhime Souaré ... (as Bhime)
Michel Bonnet Michel Bonnet ... Le suicidé au téléphone
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Storyline

Félix, disguised as Father Christmas, hands out leaflets advertising a sexy Christmas party. His place is taken by an African Santa Claus and he returns to his caravan only to find his girlfriend Josette about to leave him. When he comes after her, she takes refuge at "SOS Distress", run by two neurotics, Thérèse and Pierre. Written by Aline

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus Is a Stinker See more »

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Trinacra Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Marie Poiré decided to change the play's original ending for the movie. See more »

Quotes

Zézette: Eh, Pierre ! Y a un monsieur très malpoli qu'a téléphoné, y voulait enculer Therèse !
Pierre Mortez: Oui mais cest un ami.
Zézette: Ah bah ça va alors.
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Featured in De quoi j'me mêle!: Episode #1.2 (2019) See more »

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Ptit dej' blues
Written and Performed by Renaud
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Great comedy.
1 December 2003 | by halopesSee all my reviews

This is the kind of movie you don't mind watching over and over again because its script is so rich, so full of wonderful dialogue and genuinely funny situations, that one view isn't enough to absorb everything. Ultimately, this is a film about the spirit of Christmas in the modern times. We live stressed and frantic lives, so why would Christmas Eve be different form a regular day? That's sort of the premise of this movie.

LE PÈRE NOEL EST UNE ORDURE is a black comedy, a very dark one, full of odd characters and bizarre situations. Themes like homosexuality, suicide and murder aren't left behind and spice up this crazy, passionate, comedy set on Christmas Eve.

The performances are plain terrific, with no exception. The characters are wonderfully defined and the dialogue is delicious. It's impossible not to laugh. a lot! After a relatively calm beginning, the wacky situations start to pile up in a frenzy rhythm. Being a huge fan of black comedies myself, I prefer a more subtle approach to the themes. The humor here is sometimes histrionic, theatrical and over-the-top. That can be easily accepted because the movie is adapted from a stage play and, in the end, it works in perfection.


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