Les Compères

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Les Compères
Directed byFrancis Veber
Produced byJean-Claude Bourlat
Written byFrancis Veber
StarringGérard Depardieu
Pierre Richard
Anny Duperey
Music byVladimir Cosma
CinematographyClaude Agostini
Edited byMarie-Sophie Dubus
Distributed byEuropean International
Release date
23 November 1983 (France)
1 March 1984 (U.S.)
Running time
92 min.

Les Compères (English title: ComDads) is a 1983 French comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, and starring Gérard Depardieu, Pierre Richard and Anny Duperey. The film had 4,847,229 admissions in France.[1]

In 1997, this movie was remade as Fathers' Day in the US.


A teenaged boy has run away from home. His father is ineffective at finding him, so his mother contacts two former lovers from around the time her son was conceived, telling them both that the child is their son and asking them to look for him. One of them (Depardieu) is a tough journalist investigating the Mafia, while the other (Richard) is a timid former teacher who was on the verge of committing suicide when he received the telephone call. The two former boyfriends finally meet, and together they locate the son. They both argue who is really the father. In the end the son tells both Depardieu and Richard (while the other is out of earshot) that his mother thinks that he is the father. Thus, the son adopts both of them as his fathers, and also reconciles with his real father.



  • The title translates literally as "The Accomplices." It is a pun, as the word "père" means "father" in French, and moreover "compère" would mean something like "co-father", "confather", with the same (Latin) prefix as the English con-/com-/co- in words like "confederate", "accomplice", "co-conspirator", etc.


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