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My Worst Nightmare
My Worst Nightmare
(original title: Mon pire cauchemar) is a 2011 French-Belgian comedy-drama film written and directed by Anne Fontaine, starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde
Benoît Poelvoorde
and André Dussollier.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Critical reception 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] Agathe is a successful art dealer who lives with her husband François and their son Adrien in a wealthy quarter of Paris. Adrien is an underachiever at his school and Agathe fights any disadvantages that this can bring for him in parent-teacher conferences. François is more of a reserved person and procrastinates on a construction project. The situation gets stirred up when Adrien's friend Patrick, who is Tony's father, enters the picture. Tony is brilliant in his studies irrespective of his poor access to amenities, so Agathe has a soft spot for the child. And, Adrien's test results seem to be getting better. But Patrick has a rather dubious social background. He lacks both tact in social situations and a proper home or job for supporting a family. Agathe is distressed by Patrick's unpolished behavior and his intrusion into their life. Her husband François hires him to take care of the overdue construction project and they become friends. Then François cajoles a woman Patrick had wanted for himself and leaves Agathe. Patrick and Agathe are left back with the children. Agathe develops a sense of attachment for this unruly man who, au contraire to her husband, empathizes with her and is dedicated to ensuring his son can attend a respected school. But Patrick fails continuously to become responsible and they break up. Some time later they reconnect because each seems to complete the other. Cast[edit]

Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
as Agathe Benoît Poelvoorde
Benoît Poelvoorde
as Patrick André Dussollier
André Dussollier
as François Virginie Efira
Virginie Efira
as Julie Donatien Suner as Adrien Corentin Devroey as Tony Aurélien Recoing as Thierry Jean-Luc Couchard
Jean-Luc Couchard
as Milou Demeuleu Éric Berger as Sébastien Philippe Magnan as the principal

Critical reception[edit] "My worst nightmare" was evaluated as an "utterly conventional French bourgeois comedy".[2] Still it was also considered "watchable" just because of its cast.[3][4] Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
was in particular praised for making Agathe's transformation believable.[5] Benoît Poelvoorde's performance was recognised a "often irritable and hilarious".[6] Diego Costa wrote for Slant Magazine "My worst nightmare" was coined by a very Frenchkind of humor which could "go right over American audience's heads".[7] See also[edit]

Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
on screen and stage


^ JP. "Mon pire cauchemar (My Worst Nightmare) (2011)- JPBox-Office". www.jpbox-office.com.  ^ Knipp, Chris (2012-10-19). "Review: My Worst Nightmare". filmleaf.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.  ^ Filipski, Kevin (2012-10-19). "Review: My Worst Nightmare". film-forward.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.  ^ Dreyer Kramer, Kristin (2011-09-10). "Review: My Worst Nightmare". nightsandweekends.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.  ^ Brinks, Sarah (2013-02-11). "Home Video Hovel: My worst nightmare". battleshippretension.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.  ^ Nusair, David (2011-09-10). "Review: My Worst Nightmare". reelfilm.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.  ^ Costa, Diego (2012-10-17). "Review: My Worst Nightmare". slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 

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Films directed by Anne Fontaine

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Entre ses mains
(2005) Oh La La!
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(2006) The Girl from Monaco
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(2008) Coco Before Chanel
Coco Before Chanel
(2009) My Worst Nightmare
My Worst Nightmare
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