A Slightly Pregnant Man

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"Nobody was expecting this!"
  • PG
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.8  (929)

A Slightly Pregnant Man is an unconventional French-Italian comedy, released in 1973, directed by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni in the lead roles. The film revolves around Marco Mazetti, played by Mastroianni, who works as a male model and adorns the covers of popular magazines. He is leading a satisfied life with his wife, Irene (Deneuve), and their son. However, one day, he starts to experience strange symptoms - such as morning sickness, food cravings, and weight gain. After visiting the doctor, Marco is shocked to learn that he is carrying a baby in his womb.

The news becomes the talk of the town, and soon, everyone is interested in his pregnancy. Marco is initially hesitant to embrace this new reality, but he gradually becomes more accepting of it, much to the annoyance of Irene, who feels sidelined by her husband's sudden fame. As his due date approaches, Marco must navigate the challenges of being a pregnant man, including dealing with skeptical doctors and intrusive reporters.

The movie is a hilarious take on gender roles and societal expectations. The premise might seem absurd, but the filmmakers treat it with sincerity and sensitivity, avoiding cheap laughs and instead exploring the reality of a man carrying a child. The film's humor is rooted in the reactions of those around Marco, from his bewildered doctor to his overbearing mother-in-law.

At its core, the movie is a commentary on masculinity and pregnancy. Marco's pregnancy challenges the traditional ideas of what it means to be a man, forcing him to confront his own prejudices and assumptions. Meanwhile, Irene struggles with her own feelings of inadequacy, torn between her desire for her husband to return to his old self and her love for him as he is.

The performances are excellent, particularly Deneuve and Mastroianni, who have great chemistry and bring depth to their characters. Micheline Presle, who plays Marco's mother-in-law, also delivers a standout performance as a traditionalist who disapproves of her son-in-law's pregnancy.

The film's visual aesthetic is typical of Jacques Demy's style, with vibrant colors and whimsical sets. The soundtrack, composed by Michel Legrand, adds to the movie's charm, with catchy songs that reflect the film's breezy tone.

A Slightly Pregnant Man is a charming and thought-provoking comedy that defies expectations. Its premise is unique, but its themes are universal, making it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences.

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    1 hr 32 min
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    5.8  (929)