Demandez la permission aux enfants (2007)
aka: Kid Power
A film directed by Eric Civanyan

Genre: Comedy


Three couples from very different backgrounds have the same problem. Their lives are being ruined by their children!  Anna and David are ruthlessly dominated by their two daughters. Elisabeth and François-Xavier know that the Devil himself hides behind the angelic faces of their three offspring.   And as for Marie and Francis... they cannot put up with 10-year-old Rebecca for a moment more. Enough is enough!  Driven to distraction, the three sets of parents decide to consult a child psychiatrist in the hope of regaining their authority and preserving their sanity. Will they succeed in taming their wayward children or will the vicious little monsters triumph once more...?
© 2012

Film Review

Demandez la permission aux enfants is a French film comedy first released in 2007, directed by Eric Civanyan. The film stars Sandrine Bonnaire, Pascal Légitimus, Anne Parillaud, Pierre Cassignard and Michèle Garcia. It has also been released under the title: Kid Power.  

Our overall rating for Demandez la permission aux enfants is: good - passable entertainment.

Other noteworthy films that have been directed by Eric Civanyan include: Kopfjagd [TV] (1995), Une nana pas comme les autres [TV] (1995), Tout baigne! (1999) and Il ne faut jurer de rien! (2005). The actor Sandrine Bonnaire has also appeared in: Monsieur Hire (1989), Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les Batailles (1994), La Cérémonie (1995) and Secret défense (1998).

Other comedy films of the 2000s from France that are worth watching include: Emmanuel Mouret's Changement d'adresse (2006), Bruno Podalydès's Liberté-Oléron (2001), Jean-Michel Ribes's Musée haut, musée bas (2008), Michel Hazanavicius's OSS 117: Le Caire nid d'espions (2006) and Alain Corneau's Stupeur et tremblements (2003).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Eric Civanyan
  • Script: Guillaume Breton, Eric Civanyan
  • Photo: Stéphane Cami
  • Music: François Peyrony
  • Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire (Marie), Pascal Légitimus (Francis), Anne Parillaud (Anna), Pierre Cassignard (David), Michèle Garcia (Élisabeth), Michel Vuillermoz (François-Xavier), Marie Bunel (Laurence Culerrier), Hélène Surgère (Bonne Maman), André Chazel (Bon Papa), Marie-France Santon (La directrice de l'école), Bob Martet (Le type du palier), Véronique Viel (La femme de la campagne), Xavier Letourneur (Le type de la campagne), Thierry Heckendorn (M. Huet), Karine Pinoteau (La vendeuse chez Darty), Jonathan Reyes (Manu), Anaïs Nyl (La baby-sitter), Rodolphe Chatellier (Le danseur), Rebecca Marder (Lola), Aurélien Du Mur (Raphaël), Laurenzo Ciais (Maxence), Josselin Ciais (Clarence), Delphine Mesas (Clémence), Frankie Wallach (Salomé), Bastien Clerin (Délinquant)
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Aka: Kid Power
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