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The Country I Come From (1956)

Le pays d'où je viens (original title)
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Marinette Ardouin
Gilbert Bécaud ...
Eric Perceval / Julien Barrère
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Adrienne Terreau - la pharmacienne
Claude Brasseur ...
Roland
André Gabriello ...
Le patron de la brasserie (as Gabriello)
Jean Toulout ...
Oncle Ludovic
Gaby Basset ...
Le cassière
Jean-Pierre Bremmer ...
Michel Ardouin
Chantal Gozzi ...
Sophie Ardouin
Émile Drain ...
Le docteur
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Le chauffeur du camion
Gabrielle Fontan ...
Un dame à l'église
Charles Lemontier
Georges Debot ...
Un copain de Roland
Gilbert Moreau
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Gilbert Bécaud is sensational
26 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As befits the man who was called Monsieur 100,000 volts, Gilbert Bécaud displays all the charm and magnetism he was famous for in this film; he is playing two characters, Julien Barrière and Éric Perceval. One is a drifter with no fear, the other is a timid pianist in the cabaret run by a very jovial Gabriello. The lovely Françoise Arnoul is courted by both men. The plot is unnecessarily complex: there is Julien's evil uncle Ludovic (Jean Toulout) who wants Julien to do something--don't know what really--and three louts keep turning up wanting to beat Julien up. Françoise Arnoul as Marinette the waitress is the soul of charm: here she is playing a nice girl instead of the vixens she became known for.

I give ten stars for Bécaud and the rest of the superb cast, but only four for Carné's uninspired direction, the fake sets and the candy-floss color cinematography. Carné is trying to repeat the successes of the past and it does not work; a more improvisational feeling, relying more on Bécaud's magnetism would have been better.


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