The Players

The Players

Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, Alexandre Courtès, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche (2012)

103min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After his acclaimed performance in The Artist, Oscar winner Jean Dujardin returns to the sketch comedy format that launched his career for this anthology about adultery. His Gallic showbiz mates, including The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius and actors Gilles Lellouche and Alexandra Lamy (Dujardin's wife), are all on hand for a vulgar, variable and very French take on infidelity. The politically incorrect series of tales looks at such subjects as sex addiction, May-December affairs, marriage breakdown and bromance. While many will find the deliberate misogyny and startling punch line to the closing Las Vegas-set morality tale rather off-putting, some of the bedroom farce segments do have their sparkling moments. But it must be said that Dujardin and Lellouche, his partner in extramarital crime, often look like they are having a better time than the viewer in exploring the subject of cheating as a masculine right, as they swap roles, hairstyles and partners for this multi-stranded vanity project.

Summary

Anthology of tales about marital infidelity, featuring a support group for serial adulterers, a couple confessing to each other their many affairs, a married man lacking the stamina to cope with his younger lover and a sex-crazed employee at a business convention. Comedy, starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, who also co-directed one of the sections. In French.

Cast & Crew

Fred / Oliver / François / Laurent / James Jean Dujardin
Greg / Nicolas / Bernard / Antoine / Eric Gilles Lellouche
Lisa Alexandra Lamy
Thibault Guillaume Canet
Ariane Mathilda May
Simon Manu Payet
Marie-Christine Sandrine Kiberlain
Director Emmanuelle Bercot
Director Fred Cavayé
Director Alexandre Courtès
Director Jean Dujardin
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Director Eric Lartigau
Director Gilles Lellouche
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Other Information

Language: French, English +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Pictures Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 6 Jul 2012

Comedy

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