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The Possessors (1958)

Les grandes familles (original title)
Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself.

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Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself.

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Business is business
11 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Denys De La Patellière was never much of a director but ,who could be wrong with a cast including Gabin,Pierre Brasseur,Jean Dessailly,Bernard Blier and many more? The cast and credits introduce the characters,à la Sacha Guitry:these persons are VIPS,proud of their Legion D'Honneur or of being part of high society,academies and the whole shebang.Then we attend the funeral of the old "poet" of the family (who wrote sonnets for Sainte Blandine but did enjoy saucy games),during which the priest insists that the Lord moves in mysterious ways and fortunately he did give the money to people who were good Christians (meaning :not to the riffraff).

With the exception of the son (and his wife) all the characters are hateful ;even the right-wing anarchist is a selfish false rebel and a despicable two-faced person.The boss,played by Gabin,is a self made man-though,in the only scene when he shows some humanity,he reveals his parents had five servants!-,who pushes people out of his way and cannot stand getting old: he lets his son manage one of his factories only to see him fail! Audiard's lines are full of bite;a propos of a general:"I'd never seen him in such a despair since June 1940,...when he lost his tin trunk!")

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