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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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Forbidden Fruit  »

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French Neo-Realism
16 July 2006 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Considering Neo-Realism was really invented by a French writer-director, Marcel Pagnol (who also invented "poetic realism" in the process), this is its natural legacy. It could have been called "Adultery - French Provincial Style". It is remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which is Fernandel's dramatic turn as a two-timing husband giving in to temptation with a kind of childish, innocent glee and Françoise Arnoul's affirmation as a typically French sex symbol representing everything "wrong" with the new generation. It is realistic in that it doesn't over-dramatize the sexual aspects but delves rather seriously in the social and psychological consequences of adultery. It is also shot on location in Arles. The production values, direction, music (by Paul "Mademoiselle de Paris" Durand) and acting (including a good part for Sylvie) are beyond compare. Highly recommended and worth more than all the New Wave films combined...


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