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False Pregnancy 

Grossesse nerveuse (original title)
Martin hates dogs. He is nevertheless an advertising executive at Floppy, a dog food company. The pitch he makes for a new advertising campaign scandalizes the management because the ... See full summary »


Denis Rabaglia


Denis Rabaglia
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Martin
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Geneviève
Isabelle Townsend Isabelle Townsend ... Sally
Catherine Samie ... Antoinette
Patrick Braoudé Patrick Braoudé ... Julien
Jean Rougerie ... Fontanet
Clothilde Baudon Clothilde Baudon ... Véronique (as Clotilde Baudon)
Marie-Laure Dougnac ... Nadine
Anne Kreis Anne Kreis ... La sage-femme
Luc Palun Luc Palun ... Le gardien de la fourrière
Caroline Gasser Caroline Gasser ... Solange
Ariane Ascaride ... Eliane
Patrick Bonnel Patrick Bonnel ... Bruno
Joséphine Serre Joséphine Serre ... La pyromane
Olivier Broche Olivier Broche ... Le cadre de Floppy


Martin hates dogs. He is nevertheless an advertising executive at Floppy, a dog food company. The pitch he makes for a new advertising campaign scandalizes the management because the central figure is missing: there is no dog. But that is nothing compared to what he learns next: Sally, a young English au pair girl with whom he had a fling, is pregnant to him. Furthermore, she has decided to raise the child on her own. Martin is torn between his guilt and his feelings towards her and so decides to try and win her over once again. Pitfalls await him, notably with his own mother, a pro third world activist who recommends an immediate abortion in the name of limiting the misery in the world, and his ex-wife, who will never forgive him for not having wanted a child when they were in love. By the end of a hectic pregnancy, Martin will finally get to the age of reason, at 35 years of age. Written by Histoire du Cinéma Suisse 1966-2000

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France | Switzerland



Release Date:

20 May 1996 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

False Pregnancy See more »

Filming Locations:

Chevreuse, Yvelines, France See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Original story developed in 24 hours in a screenwriting workshop held by Christopher Keane in Rockport, Maine (USA) on 25 August 1991. See more »


Music and Lyrics by Louis Crelier
Performed by Louis Crelier
Courtesy of Crelier Music Publishing (Suisa)
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A pleasant surprise of a comedy, that is quite contemporary
20 September 1999 | by yumbo-2See all my reviews

Once a year in mid-September, the buffs in Fiji are treated to a week of French movies, and though this year features 10, only 2 have stood out so far, one of them being this quirky yet hilarious take on some contemporary social issues.

An ad man works with his ex-wife in a dog food company, while he has a phobia of dogs. He is content with a bachelor's life kept company by his love of plants. When he learns that a girl he spent time with is pregnant, his life is disrupted. He wants her to have an abortion, which she doesn't; his mother is an advocate for child planning, preferably no children, and his ex-wife now wants a child.

Constant laughs in a movie that gets better by the minute. The English title (False Pregnancy) is a bit ambiguous, and I'd guess the literal translation would be 'Big Worry', where the ad man always has a nose bleed when it occurs. Lots of animal humour as well.

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