Eliane Cahuzac and Jacques Loursier are both urgently in need of an
apartment and Fate decides that they will end up sharing the same landing in
the same Parisian apartment block. The problem is that Eliane is
an ardent feminist, the president of the Association for the Triumph
and Independence of Women, whilst Jacques is the founder member of the
Anti-Woman Union, a men's only society committed to putting the fair
sex in their place and keeping them there. It could well be a
match made in Heaven, if they don't kill each other first...
You would hardly think that Robert Dhéry and Colette Brosset
were married in real-life, given the fight they put up in this
battle-of-the-sexes comedy. In fact, not only were
Dhéry and Brosset (apparently) happily married, they were also a
successful comedy team, the founders of the incredibly popular troupe
Les Branquignols. Another member of this famous troupe was Louis
de Funès, who also appears in the film, many years before he
became France's biggest and best-loved comedy icon. In every
scene in which he appears de Funès steals the film with
effortless ease and is unceasingly funny for every moment he is on
screen. You'd have to be a chronic defunèsaphobe
not to be won
over by this comedy legend, especially when he is dancing a cute little
number in his pyjamas.
De Funès comedy interludes aside, the film is mostly dull
and listless, with pretty well all of the best gags exhausted within
the first fifteen minutes. The last twenty minutes
(where the location suddenly shifts to a ski resort for no good reason)
is as amusing as a wake. As in virtually every other film they
made, Dhéry and Brosset struggle to live up to their reputations as
top notch comedy entertainers, and were it not for de Funès'
presence the film would be instantly forgettable. Claude Cariven
never directed a film before or after this, and it is easy to see
why. What should have been a comedy gold mine ends up being a
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