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Pension Mimosas (1935)

| Drama | 5 May 1936 (USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Noblet run a boarding house on the French Riviera. One day, they are led by circumstances to welcome a little boy Pierre, whose father is in jail, into their home. Which makes ... See full summary »

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Paul Bernard ...
Pierre Brabant adulte
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Romani (as Jean Max)
Paul Azaïs ...
Carlo
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Morel
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La môme Parasol
Illa Meery ...
Vilma (as Ila Meery)
Pierre Labry ...
L'hôtelier parisien
Eddy Debray ...
Le père de Pierre
Jenny Burnay ...
La bonne de la pension Mimosas
Benda ...
(as Georges Benda)
Gustave Hamilton ...
(as Hamilton)
Correa
Harry Nestor ...
(as Nestor Ariani)
Maurice Lagrenée ...
Un habitué du bar
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Mr. and Mrs. Noblet run a boarding house on the French Riviera. One day, they are led by circumstances to welcome a little boy Pierre, whose father is in jail, into their home. Which makes Louise Noblet all the happier as she can't have children herself. But, after a while, Pierre's father is released from prison and reclaims his son... Time passes and Pierre, now a young adult, lives in Paris more or less on the wrong side of the law. He has a mistress, Nelly, who does not say no to other men's money... Louise, who still loves Pierre as her own son, wants only one thing - to help him get by. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The actress playing the old countess, billed as "Madame Sylviac", was none other than Françoise Rosay's real-life mother. See more »

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Françoise Rosay:THE mother of the era
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

All along the thirties,and long after,Françoise Rosay's part was par excellence that of the mother.From "Jenny " (Carné,1936) to "Le Ruisseau" (Lehmann,1938) and from "Un Carnet de Bal" (Duvivier,1937) to "Paix sur le Rhin" (Choux,1938) : in turn ambitious and unscrupulous (Lehmann's work) ,grotesque in an Alsatian folk costume (Choux's) ,mad in Duvivier's masterpiece where she portrays a mum whose son died along ago (but she believes he is still alive),but above all over possessive .

"Pension mimosas" -probably because she worked with her husband Jacques Feyder- is her most interesting part of a mother; an over possessive one,but a sweet loving one;actually she is not Pierrot's mother but his godmother.Her feelings in a word are complex: critic Georges Sadoul best describes them: there is something of Phaedra here;Louise,whose husband is a good man but not particularly handsome,was an opera star but as she tells to her godson's girl "it was short-lived ,and you have got to eat!";and that girl gets the picture when she enters the "Pension Mimosas" :"She is in love with you! "

There's something of a Greek tragedy here.The key scene is to be found when Pierrot is still a kid.We see him play with a small roulette."I'm mesmerized by this small ball" he says to his disturbed "mom".His fate seems doomed .On his Communion day -the depiction of the Communion meal is colorful and predates that of "Hotel du Nord" (Carné) by four year- his true father (an ex-con) comes and takes him away with him...his family has a history of mental illness.

Ten years have passed:the boy's dad is dead ,and it seems he is in a real jam.So Louise goes to Paris where his lives among hoodlums and bad gals and takes him back to Nice .But there's a casino near her boarding-house ,and his hussy,Nelly,comes from Paris to live with him ...Then his fate is sealed.Between these two woman,only hate can grow;with that girl,Pierrot's downfall is only a matter of time.

This is arguably Feyder's most endearing film: the final kiss ,when the wind blows away the banknotes ,is one of the most memorable of the French cinema of the thirties.

For the record: Marcel Carné was Feyder's assistant and while filming "pension mimosas ", he met Arletty ,who played a small part here ("la Mome Parasol" ).She would become his favorite actress,and ten years later,they would make together the absolute unsurpassed masterpiece of the French cinema "les Enfants du Paradis" .


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