La Vie en Rose is biggest French hit of 2007
by Fabien Lemercier
As the 2007 film season draws to a close, French cinema charts this year place Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose [+see also:
film profile] in pole position among domestic box office hits. With 5.22m admissions in France (and €31m in box office earnings), the film that earned Marion Cotillard a Golden Globe nomination ranks in sixth place this year, outperforming Gérard Krawczyk’s Taxi 4 [+see also:
film profile], which drew 4.56m viewers.
A third French film also makes it into the top ten: Claude Berri’s Hunting and Gathering [+see also:
film profile], which garnered 2.3m admissions and displayed the glowing talent of Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet.
These triumphs are followed by the musical film Frenchmen 2 [+see also:
film profile] by Marc Esposito (1.79m admissions) and Claude Miller’s Un secret [+see also:
film profile] (“A Secret”) that despite its difficult subject matter managed to attract 1.63m viewers thanks to a stellar cast that included Cécile de France, Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier, Julie Depardieu and Mathieu Amalric.
Next in line is Alexandra Leclère’s comedy The Price to Pay [+see also:
film profile] (starring Nathalie Baye, Christian Clavier and Gérard Lanvin) with 1.36m admissions, the same number as Jean Becker’s Conversations With My Gardener [+see also:
film profile] starring Daniel Auteuil and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
The list of France’s top ten box-office hits of 2007 closes with Laurent Tirard’s Molière [+see also:
film profile] starring Romain Duris (1.24m admissions); Jan Kounen’s 99 F [+see also:
film profile] starring popular actor Jean Dujardin (1.23m admissions); and the animated feature Persepolis [+see also:
interview: Marc-Antoine Robert
interview: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Pa…
film profile] (see Focus) by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, which sealed its unprecedented success with 1.2m admissions.
As for European films, besides the US/UK blockbusters (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [+see also:
film profile] with 6.18m admissions and The Golden Compass with 1.2m admissions garnered in 12 days), the biggest success of the year is unquestionably the outstanding German title The Lives of Others [+see also:
interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
interview: Ulrich Muehe
film profile] by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, which clocks in at 1.51m admissions.
The UK documentary Planet Earth by Alastair Fothergill also puts in a respectable performance with 1.26m viewers.
(Translated from French)
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