It is with very few things that success is made, and the title often has its part in the success of a film. For “Lend me your hand”, a perfect romantic comedy led by Alain Chabat and Charlotte Gainsbourg, it took the intervention of a certain actress to finally find the right title, after several unsatisfactory proposals.
give me your hand a major romantic comedy
In 2006, Alain Chabat and Charlotte Gainsbourg shine in the romantic comedy give me your hand. With more than 3.6 million admissions, Éric Lartigau’s film is one of the biggest French successes of the year and is distinguished in particular by three nominations for the 2007 César: Best Actor for Alain Chabat, Best Actress for Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Best Supporting Actress for Bernadette Laffont.
Based on an original idea by Alain Chabat, we follow his character Luis, a forty-year-old and happy bachelor, “nose” recognized by a renowned perfumer. But his mother and his five sisters put a lot of pressure on him to find a companion. Tired, Luc “hires” the sister of a colleague, Emmanuelle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), so that she pretends to be his fiancée, before abandoning him on the wedding day and apparently leaving him heartbroken. A Machiavellian plan that has everything to succeed, but Luc hadn’t expected that his sisters and his mother would then put even more pressure on him to get her back…
The development of giving me your hand encountered some difficulties, in particular concerning the task of finding the right title. His job title was Rent a wife then two other titles were considered: They and Luis and Love is a bouquet of violets. Then, another personality of French cinema arrived and found the title that we know.
Marina Foïs to the rescue
If there has never been an official confirmation, it is undoubtedly because the fact comes from the personal life of director Éric Lartigau. In effect, this one was in a relationship with actress Marina Foïs between 1999 and 2021. Together they had a child in 2004, Lazare, who also appears in give me your hand as baby Sandro. The two have together lived very close professional and personal lives, with for example the very close relationship of Marina Foïs and Louane Emera, resulting from the participation of the singer and actress in another great success of Éric Lartigau, The Aries Family.
It would therefore seem, as neither Éric Lartigau nor Alain Chabat has ever denied it, that it was indeed the director’s then companion, Marina Foïs, who came up with this final title: give me your hand. An elegant title, perfectly on the subject, which does not attempt puns or implicit references like the titles previously considered.