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Gervaise (1956)

 -  Drama  -  11 November 1957 (USA)
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Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse
François Périer ...
Henri Coupeau - le second compagnon de Gervaise, un ouvrier zingueur
Jany Holt ...
Mme Lorilleux - la soeur revêche de Coupeau
Mathilde Casadesus ...
Mme Boche - la concierge curieuse
Florelle ...
Maman Coupeau - la vieille mère d'Henri
Micheline Luccioni ...
Clémence - une blanchisseuse, ouvrière chez Gervaise
Lucien Hubert ...
M. Poisson - un gendarme le mari de Virginie
Jacques Harden ...
Goujet - un forgeron, ami de Gervaise et d'Henri
Jacques Hilling ...
M. Boche - le mari de la concierge
Amédée ...
Mes Bottes - un camarade de Coupeau
Hubert de Lapparent ...
M. Lorilleux - un chaîniste, le mari souffreteux de Mme Lorilleux (as Hubert Lapparent)
Hélène Tossy ...
Mme Bijard
Rachel Devirys ...
Mme Fauconnier (as Rachel Devyris)
Jacqueline Morane ...
Mme Gaudron
Yvonne Claudie ...
Mme Putois - une invitée au repas de fête
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Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working very hard a few more years, she succeeds in buying her own laundry (her dream)... But Coupeau starts to drink after having fallen from a roof, and Lantier shows up... A faithful adaptation of Emile Zola's novel "L'Assomoir", depicting the fatal degeneration of a family of workers, mainly because of alcohol. Written by Yepok

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Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse: [singing "Let Me Sleep"] What's the use of dreaming of birds and nests If the bird flies away and abandons the nest If the pigeon dies so does his mate What's the use of dreaming of birds and nests What's the use of sleeping if the night disappears If I must wake and face the day If I only wake to shed more tears What's the use of sleeping If the night disappears Days and nights whirl through my head Days and nights fill me with dread What's the use of dreaming Let me sleep Let me...
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Laissez-moi dormir
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Lopez
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Maria Schell shines in a tragic story
1 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautifully made, but terribly sad film, based on one of Emile Zola's most depressing stories of French life in the 1800s.

Gervaise is a poor woman with a poorer choice of men. She is loving, smart, and industrious, but falls for superficial, lazy drunks who take advantage of her. While she tries to provide for her family by following her dream of owning her own shop, her husband drinks away the profits and complicates her life by inviting her former lover to live in their house.

I can't say enough good things about Maria Schell's glowing performance as a tragic heroine. Her beautiful, expressive face is impossible to forget, and her emotional range is impressive. The rest of the cast is also pitch-perfect, from her various neighbors and clients, down to the lovely little girl who plays daughter Nana with touching sadness.

Surgeon general's warning: don't watch this film while under the influence of alcohol or mood- depressing drugs. It might push you over your limit.


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