À gauche en sortant de l’ascenseur (1988)

AKA Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator

Comedy genius Pierre Richard is on fine form in this convoluted but thoroughly entertaining bedroom farce, directed by Edouard Molinaro. À gauche en sortant de l’ascenseur doesn’t quite have the broad appeal of Molinaro’s previous comedies (Oscar (1967), L’Emmerdeur (1973)), but it has stood the test of time better than his monument to political incorrectness, La Cage aux folles (1978).
The film is a boisterous adaptation of a successful stage play entitled L’Amusegueule by Gérard Lauzier which ran for one year in Paris, in 1986, and starred Daniel Auteuil.

Although the narrative does get somewhat repetitive and overly complicated in a few places, the exuberant performances from Richard and his magnificent costars Richard
Bohringer, Emmanuelle Béart and Fanny Cottençon just keep the comedy rolling. The star of the film is the door to Pierre Richard’s apartment, which supplies most of the laughs and even gets an onscreen credit (it’s not the first time an inanimate piece of wood masquerading as an actor has had that honour).
This was one of the last great Pierre Richard comedies. His popularity now on the wane, the actor would have to content himself with supporting roles in the bulk of his subsequent films, something which gave him the opportunity to expand his repertoire substantially and allow him to take on a far more interesting range of roles.