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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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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A Most Unusual Love Story in a Most Unusual Motion Picture! See more »

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11 November 1957 (USA)  »

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First film appearance of Micheline Luccioni. See more »

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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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Edited into My Sister Maria (2002) 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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