What's in a Name? (2012 film)

What's in a Name? (original title: Le Prénom, literally "The Name") is a French-Belgian comedy film, written and directed by Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte and released in 2012.[2] It is adapted from the play Le Prénom by the same authors.[3] The film was a box office success in France, selling 3,340,231 tickets.[4]

English version of movie poster. The tagline reads: "Happiness...And Headaches Too"
Le Prénom
Directed by
  • Alexandre de La Patellière
  • Matthieu Delaporte
Written byAlexandre de La Patellière
Screenplay byMatthieu Delaporte
Based onLe Prénom (play)
by Alexandre de La Patellière & Matthieu Delaporte
Music byJérôme Rebotier
CinematographyDavid Ungaro
Edited byCélia Lafitedupont
Distributed by
  • Alternative Films
  • Pathé
Release date
  • 25 April 2012 (2012-04-25)
Running time
109 minutes
Budget$11 million
Box office$29.5 million [1]


Vincent, a real estate agent and father-to-be is invited for dinner by his sister Elisabeth and his brother-in-law Pierre. Their childhood friend, Claude, is also invited. Vincent is a wealthy, successful capitalist, while Pierre, a university professor, is much more liberal. When Vincent reveals the name of his future son, his hosts are horrified. The situation eventually gets out of hand, when no one can come to an understanding, and everyone starts unearthing old rivalries and unspoken issues.



The film had five nominations at the 38th César Awards, winning in the categories Best Supporting Actress (Valérie Benguigui) and Best Supporting Actor (Guillaume de Tonquédec).

The movie has won two awards at film festivals in Canada: the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec at the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue,[5] and the Radio Canada Audience Award at the Cinéfranco International Francophone Film Festival in Toronto.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=12646
  2. ^ "What's in a Name". Film & Video Labelling Body of NZ. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  3. ^ Boyd van Hoeij (2012-07-26). "What's in a Name? (review)". Variety. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  4. ^ "LUMIERE : Film: Le prénom". European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Festival du cinéma : Le Prénom remporte le Grand Prix Hydro-Québec". Radio-Canada. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  6. ^ "Cinéfranco (official Twitter account)". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22.

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