Une Femme ou Deux (English: One Woman or Two) is a French screwball comedy romance film released in 1985. It was directed by Daniel Vigne, who was also the screenwriter along with Élisabeth Rappeneau. It stars Gérard Depardieu, Sigourney Weaver, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
|Une Femme ou Deux|
(One Woman or Two)
|Directed by||Daniel Vigne|
|Screenplay by||Daniel Vigne and Élisabeth Rappeneau|
|Produced by||René Cleitman|
|Language||French (English subtitles)|
|Budget||30 million French francs|
Shy paleontologist/archaeologist Gérard Depardieu makes an archeological find of the fossil remains of the first, two-million-year-old, French woman, whom he calls Laura. He is approached and conned by a crass and greedy American model and Madison Avenue advertising executive (Sigourney Weaver), masquerading as a charity organisation executive in order to use the woman for her own perfume advertising campaign.
Later the real charity organisation executive, ditzy rich American patroness of the sciences (Ruth Westheimer; Dr. Ruth, in her feature film debut) turns up ... it all develops from there.
- Gérard Depardieu: Julien Chayssac
- Sigourney Weaver: Jessica Fitzgerald
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer: Mrs. Heffner
- Michel Aumont: Pierre Carrière
- Zabou Breitman: Constance Michaux
- Tannis Vallely: Zoé
Sigourney Weaver and Dr. Ruth speak most of their dialogue in French.
It was released in the U.S. under the name One Woman or Two, the literal English language translation of its French language title.
Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Roger Ebert wrote of this film in a half star review, "Add it all up, and what you've got here is a waste of good electricity. I'm not talking about the electricity between the actors. I'm talking about the current to the projector." In 2005 he included it on his list of most hated films list.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, writing for Spirituality & Practice, rated it 3 out of 5, saying the film "abounds in zany situations" and "offers plenty of chuckles."
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