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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François Périer ...
Jany Holt ...
Mathilde Casadesus ...
Mme Boche - la concierge curieuse
Florelle ...
Maman Coupeau - la vieille mère d'Henri
Micheline Luccioni ...
Lucien Hubert ...
Jacques Harden ...
Goujet - un forgeron, ami de Gervaise et d'Henri
Jacques Hilling ...
Amédée ...
Hubert de Lapparent ...
Hélène Tossy ...
Mme Bijard
Rachel Devirys ...
Mme Fauconnier (as Rachel Devyris)
Jacqueline Morane ...
Mme Gaudron
Yvonne Claudie ...
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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: Morning came and he still hadn't returned. He'd been out all night. It was the first time. I was so proud to have the handsomest guy around, me, the gimp.
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Version of Alcohol and Its Victims (1902) See more »

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Laissez-moi dormir
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Lopez
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Only 10 reviews for this great picture
30 March 2010 | by (Eel Pie Island) – See all my reviews

First, the setting: how did Clement manage to re-create so well the surroundings of 1850s working class Paris? Then the costumes: faultless! The dialogue: painfully realistic. Gervaise's lover and her husband are portrayed as attractive men lacking will-power, although they are fairly decent to poor, limping Gervaise with the pretty face and indulgent manner. They actually take a liking to each other and live together with her, both scrounging off her laundry business that a third man donated to her.

Another commentator pointed out the murderous urban working hours, more than 15 hours a day for most, and pay was just sufficient to survive. There was no welfare, no pension, no nothing. This was the workaday world against which Gervaise rebelled, determined to acquire her own laundry business. Of course, the useless men managed to wreck everything for her. It's a wrenching drama, with the inexorable sad ending. Extraordinary that only 10 people have managed to view it and comment upon it.


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