The Very Merry Widows

The Very Merry Widows (French: Mariées mais pas trop) is a 2003 Franco-Belgian film directed and co-written by Catherine Corsini.

The Very Merry Widows
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Film poster
Directed byCatherine Corsini
Produced byPhilippe Martin
Jacques-Henri Bronckart
Written byCatherine Corsini
Philippe Blasband
Christophe Morand
StarringJane Birkin
Émilie Dequenne
Pierre Richard
Music byKrishna Levy
CinematographyJeanne Lapoirie
Edited byYannick Kergoat
Les Films Pelléas
Distributed byMars Distribution
Release date
  • 9 July 2003 (2003-07-09) (France)
  • 20 August 2003 (2003-08-20) (Belgium)
Running time
89 minutes
Budget€3.9 million[2]
Box office$345,478[3]


The film is a black comedy. Renée (Jane Birkin) is a wealthy widow several times over. When her orphaned granddaughter Laurence (Émilie Dequenne) turns up looking for a place to stay, she gives the naïve young woman some instruction on marriage to the rich and terminal as a means of self-enrichment. After trying a couple of local men, Laurence sets her sights on the insurance agent investigating her grandmother's latest loss, Thomas (Jérémie Elkaïm). Renée herself, on the other hand, finds herself falling in love: with Maurice (Pierre Richard).[4]



A reviewer in Variety called the film "jauntily amoral" while noting that other critics had judged it "lame and distasteful".[5]


  1. ^ "Mariées mais pas trop", AlloCiné, retrieved 7 April 2014 (in French)
  2. ^ "Mariées mais pas trop". JP's Box-Office.
  3. ^ "Mariees mais pas trop". Box Office Mojo.
  4. ^ All Movie Guide, "Mariees Mais Pas Trop (2003)", Movies, The New York Times, 2010.
  5. ^ Lisa Nesselson, "Review: 'The Very Merry Widows'", Variety, 15 July 2003.

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