A Perfect Man (2015 film)

A Perfect Man (French: Un homme idéal) is a 2015 French thriller film directed by Yann Gozlan. The film tells the story of a struggling author who discovers a manuscript, the war memoir of a man who has recently died and publishes it as his own work. The film stars Pierre Niney and Ana Girardot.[2]

A Perfect Man
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Directed byYann Gozlan
Written byYann Gozlan
Guillaume Lemans
Grégoire Vigneron
Produced byWassim Béji
Thibault Gast
Matthias Weber
StarringPierre Niney
Ana Girardot
CinematographyAntoine Roch
Edited byGrégoire Sivan
Music byCyrille Aufort
2425 Films
Wy Productions
TF1 Films Production
Mars Films
Distributed byMars Distribution
Release date
  • 18 March 2015 (2015-03-18)
Running time
97 minutes
Budget$5.2 million
Box office$3.8 million[1]



Matthieu has had the manuscript of his first novel rejected repeatedly. When he discovers a manuscript among the abandoned possessions of a recently deceased man, he publishes it as his own work to great acclaim. He begins a relationship with Alice, a book critic. Years pass and he fails to produce another book and has spent what his first book earned as well as the advance he has received for his next work. He is blackmailed by a man who knows of and can prove he is a fraud even as others, especially Alice's brother, doubt his talent. In a confrontation he kills Alice's brother. In a burst of creative energy he writes a new novel, which he gives to Alice to read. Pursued by his blackmailer, he stages a car wreck to kill him and then retreats from life. Later, he comes across Alice in a bookstore with their newborn child, celebrating the posthumous publication of Matthieu's novel.


  1. ^ "Un homme ideal". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Pierre Niney is A Perfect Man". Cineuropa. Retrieved 15 March 2015.

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