Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's ... See full summary »
Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's infatuated with the beautiful new maid, fleeing life as a magician's assistant. Robert's mother bemoans some of the Bonnard family male role models available to Robert: his party animal grandfather, roguish traveling salesman uncle Desmond, and an uncle who carries a water cooler filled with wine everywhere while his wife does all the work. As Desmond's temporarily off the road, he also targets the maid. Written by
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
I won't go back to school! I'll never go back to school! I didn't do it-it isn't fair! Why do I have to tell lies to escape a beating?
What-what's the matter? What happened? What is it at that school? Maman! Who beat you?
Beating? What beating?
Come on, Bibi. Now, please, stop crying and tell us, what happened?
Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
What is this of a beating?
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
In school, the principal finds a dirty picture. It's from my 'Gay Paree' which I have taken there.
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The word most frequently used to describe this film is "charming". It is a clever analogy of love in various stages of incarnation from 'first innocent love' to 'new romance' to 'desire to settle down' and also 'the established couple' kind of love. This is mixed up with some lessons on truth and trust. Nicely acted, cozy settings, no bumps or dry spots. Entertaining.
The biographies on the actors here on IMDb are all fascinating, especially the sad one about Bobby Driscoll. It talks of a movie contract being canceled likely because of his severe acne. It also tells of his lonely death as a result of years of hard drug abuse. One can only speculate on whether the drug abuse was related to emotional suffering caused by acne.
This film was made during some transition years for most of the cast. You may recognize academy award nominee, Kurt Kasznar, from his later TV role in the popular Science Fiction series, "Land of the Giants".
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