Absolutely Fabulous (2001 film)

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Absolutely Fabulous
Theatrical release poster
FrenchAbsolument fabuleux
Directed byGabriel Aghion
Written by
  • Gabriel Aghion
  • François-Olivier Rousseau
  • Rémi Waterhouse
  • Pierre Palmade
Based on
Produced byPascal Houzelot
CinematographyFrançois Catonné
Edited byMaryline Monthieux
Music byNicolas Neidhardt
Distributed byBAC Films
Release date
  • 29 August 2001 (2001-08-29) (France)
Running time
105 minutes
Budget$13.2 million[1]
Box office$4.9 million[2]

Absolutely Fabulous (French: Absolument fabuleux) is a 2001 French comedy film co-written and directed by Gabriel Aghion. It is an adaptation of the British television sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, created by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French.[3]

The film stars Josiane Balasko, Nathalie Baye, Marie Gillain and Claude Gensac. To parallel the role of Lulu in the original series, French singer Chantal Goya appeared as herself. Saunders makes a cameo appearance as a spectator sitting next to Catherine Deneuve at a fashion show.


Cameo appearances[edit]


Aghion's stated reason for making the film was to increase awareness of the series in France, where it was not widely known. For the screenplay, Aghion translated scenes from the original series, and tied them together into a coherent screenplay.

The role of Patsy was originally offered to Amanda Lear, who declined by saying that she had "already lived it".


The film performed poorly at the French box office and was panned by most French critics,[4] who argued that it failed to translate the typically British humour of the original television series.


  1. ^ "Absolument fabuleux (2001)". Jpbox-office.com.
  2. ^ "Aboslument Fabuleux". Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Bonjour, sweetie darling". The Advocate. 20 November 2001. ISSN 0001-8996.
  4. ^ "Absolument fabuleux: Les critiques presse". Allocine.fr. Retrieved 20 December 2021.

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