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Le Beau Serge (1958)
"Le beau Serge" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  January 1959 (USA)
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Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Gérard Blain ...
François Baillou
Michèle Méritz ...
Bernadette Lafont ...
Claude Cerval ...
The priest
Jeanne Pérez ...
Madame Chaunier
Edmond Beauchamp ...
André Dino ...
Michel, the doctor
Michel Creuze ...
The baker
La Truffe
Philippe de Broca ...
Jacques Rivette de la Chasuble


Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has become a drunkard. Francois now tries to find out what happened to him and tries to help him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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January 1959 (USA)  »

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FRF 37,000,000 (estimated)

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Finnish censorship certificate register # 54816 delivered on 23-8-1960. See more »


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The Impressive Debut of Claude Chabrol
29 July 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In France, François Baillou (Jean-Claude Brialy) returns to his village to spend the winter as part of his treatment of tuberculosis. On the arrival, François sees his former best friend Serge (Gérard Blain) and greets him, but Serge is drunk and does not recognize him.

François learns that Serge is a frustrated man since he had not gone to the Architecture University and has stayed in the village working as truck driver since he had to marry his pregnant girlfriend Yvonne (Michèle Méritz). When the baby was born, he was mongoloid and died. Now Serge is the drunkard of the village.

François meets the seventeen year-old Marie (Bernadette Lafont), who is the slut of the village, and he feels attracted by the teenager. Meanwhile he tries to help his friend.

"Le Beau Serge" is the debut of the great French director Claude Chabrol that shows his talent to tell a simple and realistic drama. The performances are top-notch and the open conclusion is a trademark of Chabrol. It is weird to see a man treating tuberculosis smoking so many cigarettes along the story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Nas Garras do Vício" ("In the Claw of the Addiction")

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