Guillaume Gallienne’s audacious motherly love

by Bernard O'Shea

One of the most usual and most lauded French films in recent years is Les garçons et Guillaume à table, which picked up five awards, including best film, best actor and best adaption screenplay for Guillaume Gallienne at the 39th César Awards held in 2014. It was also nominated in five other categories.

Gallienne plays the role of Guillaume and his mother as well (he makes a more convincing mum than a schoolboy, which is not surprising as he was in his early 40s when he made the film). An accomplished theatre actor, he originally did the piece as a one-man play, for which he won many awards too. The story is autobiographical and tackles gender identity. To put it simply, it is about a boy who thinks he is a girl (and who is fascinated by his mother), and because he is effeminate, he is perceived by most people except himself to be gay.

The French title would be translated as “The boys and William at the table” but the film has been given the English title of “Me, myself and mum”.

Here is another trailer with some slightly different scenes.

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A year in Périgord March 2, 2014 - 7:20 am

Thanks for this post. I’m definitely going to see when Me, Myself and Mum is due for release in the UK. Looks hilarious!

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Bernard O'Shea March 2, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Hi, yes me too – I hope to catch it on the big screen. Amazing acting when you consider he had to be the young schoolboy, adult, and the mother too. He said his make-up artists should have won a Cesar. Enjoy it when you see it and thanks for popping bye. A la prochaine fois….

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pianolearner March 2, 2014 - 10:42 pm

i love french films, thanks for the list.

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Bernard O'Shea March 2, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Hi, a pleasure, I hope you are well. Cheers

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Amy Pinkrose March 12, 2014 - 9:25 am

Hi. I came by to say thank you to you for liking my article I wrote for The Talking Violin, regarding cellphones and planes. Your support really meant a lot to me. xxoo, Amy

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Bernard O'Shea March 22, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Hello and thanks for your response. It was my pleasure to like your post and I find The Talking Violin very interesting. About cellphones and planes, well, your post was very topical. I have heard some discussion recently about how annoying cellphones can be on trains, so the plane experience is going to be interesting! All the best, Bernard

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