Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Merci Docteur Rey

Year: 2002
Country: FRANCE, USA
Run Time: 91 minutes

Make no mistake, MERCI DOCTEUR REY is a theatrical farce. With cameos by Jerry Hall and Vanessa Redgrave (as herself), the film careens wildly about the avenues of Paris. Dianne Wiest plays an opera diva who comes to Paris to both perform and smother her son, Thomas (Stanislas Merhar), who is just discovering his homosexuality and is answering ads in the paper. He is given money to witness an older man and a young hunk have sex, which results in the older man's death. Thomas goes straight to his mother's psychiatrist Dr. Rey. But Dr. Rey is dead under the desk, and a paranoid patient (played by a real-life voice-over artist best known for dubbing famous actresses) with a phobia of divas poses as the good doctor. Meanwhile, Thomas' father has been murdered, and Thomas somehow ends up with the young man he watched from the closet. Mistaken identities and off-the-wall encounters abound: think Agatha Christie crossed with Woody Allen.

Screenplay
Andrew Litvack

Producer
Rahila Bootwala, Nathalie Gastaldo

Cinematography
Laurent Machuel

Editing
Giles Gardner

Principal Cast
Dianne Wiest, Jane Birkin, Stanislas Merhar, Bulle Ogier, Karim Saleh, Simon Callow, Jerry Hall, Vanessa Redgrave

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