Odette Toulemonde

Synopsis: Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a totally unexpected way. The story of a meeting between two unusual castaways who have nothing in common...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Production: Equinoxe Films
  2 nominations.
100 min


Can I help you?

Do you have something to cover redness?

Of course, what kind of redness?

No problem, I've got what you need.

A cover stick.

Come here.

There you are:
you just need to

dab it lightly on the area.

Do you want me to do it?

Oops.. It hurts!.. Hmmm. You should go

and buy a fillet in the basement.

A fillet?

- A fillet. From the meat counter.

It'll make the swelling go down, it's

the best thing when you've been punched.

Ah, but I haven't been punched!

I got hit by a door!

Hmm.. of course you did.

I've been hit in the face by doors before,

when I was in love.

Even more reason to get the fillet.

Go on, you can pay for everything

at the same counter.


Oooh - time to go already!

So, Odette, it's the big day?

So? It's the big day?

Tell me... how do I look?

Really! How do I look?


- Honestly!

Like a mother-in-law!


- Yes! Like a mother-in-law at a wedding.

OK Rudy... I'm staying here.

I'm not going!

But you have to go!

- No! I'm not going.

You've taken a half-day's holiday!

I'll tidy the house.

I've never got time to do it properly.

I've got loads to do...

Come on, it's the only time you'll see him!

This afternoon, or never!

You'll always regret it if you don't.


Are you going too?




No no, nothing, sorry.

Speak up a bit please

That side is my bad ear.

I was wondering if this is

the right bus for Brussels.

Obviously! It's the bus for Brussels,

It says so all over the place!

Why? Am I on the wrong bus again?

Oh no no, no no no!


No! Everything's OK!


- I said no:
don't worry, everything's fine!

Everything's fine! Hmm

Everything's fine...

You poor thing!

What do you know!

Aaaah.. Calm down, Odette. Calm down!

Is he here?

- Yes, yes... over there

IT's awful! I'm so impressed,

I don't even dare go over.

Look, there he is!


Voil! Have a good day Carole!


How much further is it?

Another hour, at least.

I've definitely spent more time signing

books than writing them, overall.

Oh, it's the biggest day of my life!

Meeting Balthazar Balsan

I don't believe it.

I've read all his books. Everything!

I loved them all!

I've only read "Childhood Smile"

- Ah "Childhood Smile", what a lovely book!

My favorites "Budapest Sun".

"Budapest Sun", sad!

I prefer "The Sadness of Whales"

"The Sadness of Whales"?

- Yes!

My daughter bought it for me!

- "The Sadness of Whales"?

That's not one of his! - Yes it is!

Ah no no no! I've read everything by him

but I've never read "The Sadness of Whales".

Well, I have!

Are you going to get him to sign it?

- Yes

Let's see!

Ah! Like I said,

it's by Doris Dormann.

You see, look at the cover.

Oh.. I could have sworn!

I knew he'd never written anything called

"The Sadness of Whales"

Besides, he would never have called a book

"The Sadness of Whales".

Doris Dormann.. Ah..

Perhaps it's one of his pseudonyms!

Yes, and I'm Queen Fabiola.

.. off we go..

Incredible! No men, it's all women!

Why do you think I write?

.. yes, I imagine he's very pleased..

as am I, of course..

Dear Mr. Balsan, I don't just admire your

books, I must say they saved my life.

If I hadn't read them...

So I'm queuing up for nothing!

Just ask him to sign his new one.

His new one?

What's it called?

"The Silence of the Plain"

Is it any good?

Of course, you can never go wrong with

a book by Balthazar Balsan!

"The Silence of Pleasure "


Of the Plain? Oh.

I don't know if I'll like it.

Dear Mr. Balsan...

Let's not be scared of words... Who is it?

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