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Forbidden Fruit (1952)

Le fruit défendu (original title)
A doctor in southern France takes a mistress but lives to regret it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Le docteur Charles Pellegrin
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Martine Englebert
Jacques Castelot ...
Boquet - le propriétaire du 'Poker bar'
René Génin ...
Le docteur Marchandeau
Fernand Sardou ...
Fontvielle
Pierrette Bruno ...
Toinette - la garde-barrière
Manuel Gary ...
Jacky
Max Dalcourt
Odette Roger ...
(as Odette Charblay)
Mireille Ponsard
Micheline Gary ...
Léa
Hélène Tossy ...
Madame Rochemaure (as Hélène Tossis)
Jacques Gencel ...
Justin (as Jacky Gencel)
Yannick Malloire ...
Une fillette du docteur / Pellegrin's daughter (as Yanick Malloire)
Marie Martine ...
Une fillette du docteur
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Charles Pellegrin, 40-year-old country doctor, buys a practice in Arles, a provincial town near Marseille. In five years, he has a large practice and a lovely (but more efficient than passionate) wife, when he meets spectacularly sexy, sensuous Martine, who seduces him. Soon, he's honoring that old French custom of keeping a mistress. At first Martine brings romance, then passion into his life...then black jealously and despair. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Fernandel in Simenon's world.
3 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

It might seem strange but Fernandel's talent was huge in dramas as well.Most of his parts in Marcel Pagnol's works verged on tragic anyway.

The film begins with the celebration of Doctor Pellegrin's forty-fifth birthday.He seems a happy man with a beautiful wife .Henri Verneuil (then a much better director than in the sixties when he made blockbusters by the dozen) introduces his hero with a painting first.

A very long flash back tells us that the doctor's life was not a happy one;his wife was a straight bourgeois lady and he fell for a young girl ,Martine (Françoise Arnoul who sometimes steals the show from the star).

The story is not really quirky but the cast (it also includes the excellent Sylvie)makes up for it.There are also nice pictures of Arles (and the Alyscamps,the biggest Roman necropolis in France.


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