Unemployed for nearly two years, journalist François Perrin is all too eager to accept an offer of a job on a Parisian magazine. His employer is the ludicrously wealthy Pierre Rambal-Cochet, who has a reputation for hiring and firing his staff on a whim. François is making a tour of a huge toy store – another of Rambal-Cochet’s businesses – when his boss’s son Eric arrives and insists on taking him home and adding him to his vast collection of toys. The store manager persuades François that he has no other choice but to humour the ten-year old boy, otherwise they will both lose their jobs. Reluctantly, François allows himself to be packaged up and sent to the millionaire’s home. At first, the journalist is incensed at being reduced to the status of a plaything. But then he realises what Eric’s real game is and he decides to play along. It is time to teach Pierre Rambal-Cochet a lesson… —Filmsdefrance
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