La Piece Reportée, a new comedy by Antonin Peretjatko, will be released in cinemas on December 1, 2021. It is about a marriage between Philippe Katerine and Anaïs Demoustier …

Antonin Peretjatko is the director of The Law of the Jungle (2016) and The July 14 Girl (2013). La Piece Reportée is the adaptation on the big screen of the short story It takes a Héritier by Noëlle Renaude.

In this comedy, the director directs Josiane Balasko (currently at the theater in her play Un Chalet à Gstaad and in the credits of My very dear children two weeks later), Philippe Katerine, Anaïs Demoustier and William Lebghil. The latter has already given the reply to Philippe Katerine in the film Yves. In the cast of La Piece Reportée there are also Sergi López and Philippe Duquesne (who plays the doctor in 30 days max of Tarek Boudali).

Paul Château-Têtard (Philippe Katerine), a 45-year-old boy and pure product of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, takes the metro for the first time in his life and falls in love with a young teller, Ava (Anaïs Demoustier). Their marriage is not to the taste of “mom”, Adélaïde Château-Têtard (Josiane Balasko), who is also called the Queen Mother. Yet the latter accommodates itself: an heir would be welcome. But the baby is slow in coming … A merciless war breaks out between the two women, the Queen Mother being convinced that Ava is cheating on her son. There must be a lover somewhere …

With La Piece Reportée, Antonin Peretjatko delivers a very funny film, which makes fun of the well-to-do who practice “the trickling of money”. Starting with the matriarch, cantankerous, wonderfully interpreted by Josiane Balasko, in a wheelchair following a hunting accident.

The director has chosen to make a film with a narrator, a little bit like Amélie Poulain, and which multiplies the flashbacks. Particular narrative choices but which fit the story well.

Philippe Katerine, all in delicacy, embodies a naive and delicate heir, but also childish, spending his day playing video games on his phone to overcome boredom.

Antonin Peretjatko gives us some very funny lines and scenes, starting with those where Josiane Balasko slips into a robot to make the paraplegic she embodies walk. The “it’s going too fast” that she shouts echo those of Nathalie, her character in Les Bronzés, ski. A nice wink.

In addition to its history, this film is also an opportunity for its director to offer us a panorama of Paris with the Eiffel Tower, the Cluny museum or the Bois de Boulogne and its boats. A pretty postcard.

A little tale, not totally fairy, from modern times which gently mocks the upper middle class.

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