You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (film)

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alain Resnais
Produced by Jean-Louis Livi
Screenplay by Laurent Herbiet
Alain Resnais
Based on Eurydice and Cher Antoine ou l'Amour raté
by Jean Anouilh
Starring Mathieu Amalric
Sabine Azéma
Anne Consigny
Lambert Wilson
Music by Mark Snow
Cinematography Eric Gautier
Edited by Hervé de Luze
F Comme Film
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release dates
  • 21 May 2012 (2012-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 26 September 2012 (2012-09-26)
Running time
115 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget € 8 million

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (French: Vous n'avez encore rien vu) is a 2012 French-German film directed by Alain Resnais, and loosely based on two plays by Jean Anouilh. The film was shown in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.


From beyond the grave, celebrated playwright Antoine d’Anthac gathers together all his friends who have appeared over the years in his play “Eurydice.” These actors watch a recording of the work performed by a young acting company, La Compagnie de la Colombe. During the screening, Antoine’s friends are so overwhelmed by their memories of the play that they start performing it together, despite no longer being the appropriate age for their various roles.


The Actors:

La Compagnie de la Colombe:


Cast and director at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Jean-Louis Livi acted as principal producer, having fulfilled the same role for Resnais's previous film Les Herbes folles. The film was produced through F Comme Film for a budget of eight million euro. It received co-production support from Christmas In July, the German company Alamode Film, and the television channel France 2 which invested 1.3 million euro.[1][2] It received 471,000 euro from the Île-de-France region, as well as funding from the CNC, Canal+ and Ciné+. Principal photography took place at the Saint-Ouen Studios for two months and was completed on 1 April 2011.[1]

Resnais agreed with the writer Laurent Herbiet, with whom he had previously worked on Les Herbes folles, that they would use two plays by Jean Anouilh to form the basis of the film: Eurydice and Cher Antoine ou l'Amour raté. Explaining his choice, Resnais recalled the impact which the original stage production of Eurydice in 1942 had on him, and added that in his films he was constantly looking for a theatrical kind of language which invited the actors to distance themselves from the realism of everyday life and to move towards a more unexpected or offbeat kind of performance. He assembled a cast of 15 actors, many of whom he had worked with in previous films but including also four newcomers whose work he had admired elsewhere.[3]

For the recording of a performance of the play which is featured within the film, Resnais asked Bruno Podalydès to direct it quite independently, with his own cast, crew, and style, so that, in keeping with the spirit of the film, it would be entirely different from something that Resnais would have done himself. The challenge of then integrating this work into his own ideas for the film introduced an unpredictability to the outcome of the project which Resnais admitted to finding one of the most stimulating aspects of it.[3]

Mark Snow wrote the music for the film, the third of Resnais's films in succession that he had worked on.

Denying that the film should be seen as a testament, Resnais said at a press conference in Cannes, "This film is unlike any other. If I'd thought of this film as a final statement, I'd never have had the courage or energy to do it."[4]


The film was shown in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2012.[5][6] It was released in France on 26 September 2012[7] and in the United States in June 2013.[8]


  1. 1 2 Lemercier, Fabien (2011-04-01). "Resnais wraps Vous N'avez Encore Rien Vu". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  2. Lemercier, Fabien (2012-04-20). "Audiard, Resnais, and Carax: a virtuoso trio". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  3. 1 2 From an interview with François Thomas, in the Festival de Cannes press kit for Vous n'avez encore rien vu. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  4. Festival de Cannes press conference: Alain Resnais. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  5. "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  6. "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  7. "Vous n'avez encore rien vu". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  8. A.O. Scott, "Playwright Is Dead; Show Goes On: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet by Alain Resnais", The New York Times, June 6, 2013
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