Merci Docteur Rey
(A Merchant Ivory Production)


Director:Andrew Litvack
Writer:Andrew Litvack
Producers: Rahila Bootwala, Paul Bradley, Natalie Gastaldo, Ismail Merchant
Cast: Dianne Wiest, Jane Birkin, Jerry Hall, Simon Callow, Vanessa Redgrave, and Stanislas Merhar
Genre:Comedy/Murder Mystery
Year: 2002


 

Thomas, the handsome, sexually confused 23-year-old son of a renowned opera-diva, has a penchant for personal ads. He is recruited to watch a much older man's liaison, but witnesses what turns out to be murder. The next day his mother informs Thomas that his long lost father has actually been in Paris the whole time... until the previous night, that is, when he was murdered. Now Thomas is thrust into a maelstrom of off-the-wall encounters and mistaken identities, including an eccentric actress who has come totally unhinged by the death of her psychiatrist, the infamous Dr. Rey. With Paris as the backdrop, a wonderful soundtrack, a whimsical homage to film and celebrity, and a plot reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best, you have the marvelous Merci Docteur Rey.

 

Festivals in 2003:

Verzaubert Internationales Queer Filmfestival (Germany)
Filmfeast Australia
Closing Night Screening at The New Festival (New York City)
Frameline Festival (San Francisco)
OutFest (Los Angeles)
Cambridge Film Festival (UK)
Philadelphia's International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Brooklyn International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Festival du Film de Paris