The Alliance Française de Manille’s Cine Club Wednesday presents: Le Père Noël est une ordure on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:30 pm. Admission is free!

Le Père Noël est une ordure (English: Santa Claus is a bastard) was a cult French comedy play created in 1979 by the troupe Le Splendid and turned into a film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré in 1982. The film stars Josianne Balasko, Anémone, Marie-Claire Chazel, Christian Clavier, Thierry Lhermitte, Gérard Jugnot and Bruno Moynot.

Pierre a stuffy, self-righteous volunteer at a telephone helpline for depressed people and his well-meaning but naïve co-worker Thérèse, are stuck with the Christmas Eve shift in the Paris office, much to their displeasure.

The building’s lift is malfunctioning, and they receive visits from unwanted callers: Katia, a depressed transvestite who tries to hit on Pierre, M. Preskovic who lives in the same building and always turns up unexepectedly to offer them various unappetizing pastries and Josette, a heavily pregnant woman on the run from her violent fiancé Félix. Félix is working as a Santa Claus during the season and turns up on her trail in costume and brandishing a gun. Félix and Josette, a caricature trailer trash couple, end up struggling over the gun and accidentally shooting dead the lift repairman, whom they then butcher and feed to zoo animals.


“Les gags volent à une vitesse inimaginable et le rythme est impeccable. Un concentré de répliques cultes à mourir de rire!”


The film, which is 1 hour and 23 minutes long, will be shown in its original version (French) with English subtitles.

Film screenings are subject to changes without prior notice. Entrance is free but on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations.

Alliance Française de Manille is located at 209 Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo Street), Bel-Air 2, Makati City.

For inquiries, you may call 895-7585 / 895-7441.