When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable ... See full summary »
1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents, the Nazis commandeer a house for one of their officers, Lt. Werner von ... See full summary »
Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.
A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young ... See full summary »
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Claude de Givray,
Christian de Tillière,
"Tire -au -flanc" belongs to a genre which is really an acquired taste,the coarse comedy.It reached its peak in the thirties when Raimu and Fernandel starred in "les Gaietés de l'Escadron" or "Ignace" ,not those two actors at their best.
It's not because a movie was made by Jean Renoir (or..... fill in the blank)that it must be looked upon as an immortal masterpiece.Although they did not take place in barracks ,"la chienne" and even "on purge bébé" had a stronger anti-militarist feel.Here,when Jean Renoir regains his humor,his wit and his rebellious spirit ,it's principally in the subtitles :his lines (and cartoons)seem to possess something the pictures sometimes lack.
Of course,there are funny scenes: the girl's presence in the barracks is good fun.But the last pictures are finally a capitulation;after all,-I quote the colonel- the Army succeeds in making men! Is that really funny to press-gang young men into a relatively comfortable army?Opinions differ.
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