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Forbidden Fruit (1952)
"Le fruit défendu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  21 February 1959 (USA)
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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
Françoise Arnoul ...
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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a very well played classic story
3 March 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"Le fruit défendu" (= French for "the forbidden fruit") deals with an all too familiar theme: a man aged 45, locked up in his marriage, fatherhood and profession, gets involved with a much younger girl.

Set in the early fifties in the South of France, the predictability of this film's story is more than compensated by both Fernanadel's and Arnoul's excellent acting.

These two leads treat us to some fine human nuances. For instance, how their affair's development is favored by the wife's cold ambition to keep up with high society -- leaving much of her husband's genuine feelings towards her unanswered in the process.

Also fascinating is the mix between the young girl's passion and calculation. And how the latter gradually takes over with the progress of their affair.

But for Fernandel's and Arnoul's play, this film would have been forgotten for a long time.


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