” The truth if I lie ! Is a huge classic of French comedy. Released in 1997, the feature film, directed by Thomas Gilou, was a huge success. So much so that three other films were released thereafter. But do you know the true story behind the film?
The truth if I lie ! : a classic of French comedy
In 1997, the filmmaker Thomas Gilou stages an absolute reference in French comedy: The truth if I lie !. With over 4.9 million spectators at the French box office, the film marks a thunderous start for the Trail Band. The feature film also owes a lot to its cast, notably composed of Richard Anconina, Vincent Elbaz, Bruno Solo, José Garcia, Elie Kakou or even Gilbert Melki in his first role.
Inspired by a True Story
Co-written by Michel Munz and Gérard Bitton, the screenplay for this comedy was originally to be adapted from Michel Munz’s book, Rock Kosher. Published in 1992, the novel follows Arthur, a young 20-year-old Jewish pianist. The latter lives in the community but falls in love with a “shiksa” (non-Jewish woman). As early as 1992, the production company Vertigo put an option on the book, but for lack of money, the adaptation is canceled.
Michel Munz and Gérard Bitton then decide to write a free adaptation of the life of Mehmood Bhatti. The latter is a penniless Franco-Pakistani stylist who moved to Paris in 1978.. He began as a maintenance agent in a shop, then a salesman, and ended up by opening your own business. In 1990, he was recognized as the best craftsman in the entire Sentier district in Paris. Today, his company “Bhatti”, for which he received the “Work and Merit” medal from the City of Paris, is established in 10 countries.
The writers therefore decided to take inspiration from Mehmood Bhatti’s success to write The truth if I lie !. Unfortunately for the duo, no production company wanted to take the risk of producing such a work. We will have to wait for the success of The Young Peril in 1995 for the production company Vertigo to agree to finance The truth if I lie !.