An aging mobster is being transported from prison to the courthouse in Nice where he may name names. Milan, a hit man, checks into a hotel with a view of the courthouse; he sets up with a high-powered rifle to wait. François, a self-pitying photographer whose wife has left him, checks into the room next to Milan, intent on suicide. His bumbling, his constant chatter, and his calls to his ex and her husband threaten to keep Milan from success. —IMDb
This prolific French writer and director originally intended to become a doctor but switched to journalism before finding his calling on the stage and screen. Francis Veber began his writing career while serving in the military, contributing to BLED, a publication of the Algerian Army. After his military discharge, he worked as a radio reporter and then segued to writing scripts for the TV series “L’Agence interim”. In 1968, Veber enjoyed his first stage success with the play “L’Enlevement/The Kidnapping”, which enjoyed an eight-month run in Paris. His second play, “Le Contrat/The Contract” led to a scripting assignment for the short film “Appelez-moi Mathilde/Call Me Mathilde” (1970).
With 1971’s “Il etait une fois un flic/There Once Was a Cop” (1971), Veber began his feature career in earnest. For much of the 1970s, he served as writer of a number of successful, farcical comedies that recalled the work of Neil Simon in that most revolved around odd couples. Among his more popular… read more