Coco (2009 film)

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Coco filmposter.JPG
Directed by Gad Elmaleh
Produced by Ilan Goldman
Written by Gad Elmaleh
Caroline Thivel
Starring Gad Elmaleh
Pascale Arbillot
Jean Benguigui
Daniel Cohen
Manu Payet
Music by Stéphane Lopez
Cinematography Gilles Henry
Edited by Jennifer Augé
Légende Films
K2 Cinéma
TF1 Films Production
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date
  • 18 March 2009 (2009-03-18)
Running time
Country France
Language French
Budget $14.2 million
Box office $25.5 million[1]

Coco is a 2009 French comedy film written, directed, and starring Gad Elmaleh. The film is based on a character sketch he created for his one-man show "La Vie Normale".[2] The film earned $8.5 million in its opening weekend at the French box office,[3] and went on to gross $11.7 million in the European market.[4] Although it was a box office success, Coco was not well received by critics. It received only one star out of four from Première, Paris Match, and Télérama, and two stars from Elle and Le Journal du Dimanche.[5]


Coco is a wealthy Sephardic Jewish businessman and an immigrant to France. After 15 years of financial success (due to his invention of a new type of sparkling water) he decides to throw an enormous bar mitzvah celebration for his son Samuel. Determined that the celebration will be the most fantastic event of the year, Coco alienates his entire family as he plans for the gala.


Avec la participation de


  • Armand Bengio : Le Grand Rabbin
  • Arthur Benzaquen : Le Vendeur de chaussures
  • François Berland : Mr. Daumergue (le patron de l'hôtel coquin)
  • Béatrice Costantini : La Femme du Préfet
  • Frederick Daniel James : Le Rabbin tribunal
  • Charlotte Desgeorges : Patricia
  • Étienne Draber : Mr Colfontaine
  • Paulette Frantz : La voisine d'Évelyne
  • Anne Haybel : Madame Colfontaine
  • Réginald Huguenin : Le ministre
  • Stéphane Jacquot : Le chef d'état-major
  • Alexandre Knafo : Lucas
  • Fariza Kraria : Madame Zamzem
  • Thierry Laurion : L'informaticien
  • Laurence Oltuski : Chloé
  • Ahmed Riyasat : Chandra
  • Alexis Sellam : Melloul
  • Catherine Salviat : La ministre du Budget
  • Isaac Sharry : Isaac
  • Roger To-Thanh Hien : Le chinois du Moulin Rouge
  • Li-Ting Huang : L'interprète chinoise
  • Mercedès Zarka : Tata Mercedès


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  2. ^ Dupont, Joan (3 April 2008). "Gad Elmaleh's comedic sleight of hand". International Herald-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  3. ^ Segers, Frank (22 March 2009). "'Torino',' 'Marley' tie at overseas box office". Hollywood Reporter. Reuters. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  4. ^ Bresnan, Conor (March 24, 2009). "Around the World Roundup: French Comedy, 'Slumdog' Lead". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Les critiques du film: Coco". Premiere. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 

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