MR. & MRS. ADELMAN / Monsieur et Madame Adelman


North American Premiere • Comedy, drama • France, 2017

DCP • 2.35 • Dolby 5.1 • Color • 120 min

Directed by: Nicolas Bedos

Written by: Nicolas Bedos, Doria Tillier

Cinematography: Nicolas Bolduc

Film Editing: Anny Danché, Marie Silvi

Original Score: Philippe Kelly, Nicolas Bedos

Produced by: François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne (Les Films du Kiosque),  France 2 Cinéma, Orange Studio, Le Pacte

Cast: Doria Tillier (Sarah Adelman), Nicolas Bedos (Victor Adelman), Denis Podalydès (The shrink), Antoine Gouy (The journalist), Christiane Millet (Mrs. de Richemont), Pierre Arditi (Claude de Richemont)

International Sales: Le Pacte


This feature debut from comedic bad boy Nicolas Bedos is a literate and funny celebration of couplehood. When famous author Victor Adelman dies, a journalist contacts his wife Sarah, hoping to get a scoop on the great writer’s life. Her account of their story together is a personal odyssey that begins with Sarah first convincing Victor, then his parents, that she is the right woman for him. As Victor the bright and promising lover turns into Victor the egocentric and anguished husband, Sarah doubles down on her devotion. She is his rock when times are tough, his muse when inspiration falters. But their marriage faces the biggest test when Victor’s true mistress, fame, enters the picture. Walking a razor’s edge between bitingly cynical and scathingly romantic, Mr. & Mrs. Adelman chronicles half a century of passions, ambitions, victories, secrets, and betrayals; a whimsical tribute to the madness and wisdom of the idea of sharing a life with someone. Former Canal+ “weather girl” Doria Tillier is exceptional in her film debut as the strong but enigmatic force behind the public figure.


Actor/writer/director Nicolas Bedos was quick off the starting blocks, landing a writing job at Canal+ at the age of 18. From there he began writing material for his father Guy Bedos, an iconic figure in Gallic stand-up comedy. Bedos came into his own as a writer in 2005 when his play Sortie de Scène was nominated for a Molière Award. Three more plays followed in rapid succession, along with more writing for television. Bedos emerged as a controversial public figure when he began performing provocative sketches satirizing French politics for television. In addition to his work on both sides of the camera, Bedos composed music for the film, along with Philippe Kelly.