Merci Docteur Rey

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Merci Docteur Rey
Merci Docteur Rey FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Andrew Litvack
Produced by Ismail Merchant (executive)
Nathalie Gastaldo
Rahila Bootwala
Paul Bradley (co-producer)
Written by Andrew Litvack
Starring Dianne Wiest
Jane Birkin
Stanislas Merhar
Bulle Ogier
Music by Geoffrey Alexander
Giacomo Puccini (from opera "Turandot")
Cinematography Laurent Machuel
Edited by Giles Gardner
Distributed by Regent Releasing (USA)
Release date
  • 13 October 2002 (2002-10-13) (Mill Valley Film Festival)
Running time
91 minutes
Country France
Language English
Box office $19,867[1]

Merci Docteur Rey is a 2002 gay comedy film from Merchant Ivory, directed by Andrew Litvack, starring Dianne Wiest and Jane Birkin. Filmed in Paris.


A young man is recruited into an illicit love triangle to watch a much older man’s sexual liaison, but ends up witnessing what turns out to be his murder. The next day the young man's opera diva mother, played by Dianne Wiest, informs him that his estranged father has been in Paris... until the previous night when he was murdered.

Seeking help with a psychiatrist, the young man comes across an eccentric actress (Jane Birkin), who has come totally unhinged by the death of that psychiatrist, the infamous Docteur Rey. At first mistaking her for the doctor, the young man embarks on a madcap mystery, reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel, with Paris as the backdrop.





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