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Youthful Sinners (1958)
"Les tricheurs" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  10 October 1958 (France)
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Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascale Petit ...
Mic
Andréa Parisy ...
Clo
Jacques Charrier ...
Bob Letellier
Laurent Terzieff ...
Alain
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Lou (as J.P. Belmondo)
Dany Saval ...
La fiancée de Bernard
Alfonso Mathis ...
Peter
Pierre Brice ...
Bernard
Jacques Marin ...
Monsieur Félix
Dominique Page ...
Nicole
Jacques Chabassol
Jacques Portet ...
Guy
Gabrielle Fontan ...
La logeuse de Mic
Michel Nastorg ...
Le père de Bob
Sandrine
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Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress. Written by Aline

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Award: Grand Prix du Cinéma Français 1958. See more »

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Remade as Les nouveaux tricheurs (1987) See more »

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If You Need Me
(David Bartholomew (as Bartholomew))
par Fats Domino
LONDON.DECCA 2,028
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Amid a coterie of young people using sex to rebel, Jacques Charrier and Pascale Petit attempt to get together
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Les Tricheurs" is a meticulously-wrought picture, with above-average work in all departments, and this earns it an 8 in my book.

We enter the lives of a young set that has its own codes, and this includes not being sentimental, not getting attached to one another, and sexual freedom. They like to party and they listen to jazz, which is a symbol of their quest for freedom. Money seems to be little or no problem for them, although most do not have that much. One of them is a blackmailer. Another steals from her mother, who knows it. A third, played by Andrea Parisy, has wealthy parents. They borrow, they sponge, and they get by.

Jacques Charrier, who is not in their set, is different. He's a right-bank man, coming from a well-off family, going to school, and more stuffy or bourgeois or conventional. He falls in with this set and becomes attracted to Pascale Petit and she to him, although this goes against the mores that she has adopted from this crowd.

Can their attraction and love survive each other's promiscuity, which becomes a form of cheating? Can it survive their involvement in a blackmail scheme, which is more cheating? Can it survive their own suspicions, their dishonesty with one another, and their youthful confusion? Can it survive the crowd pressures around them? Providing really good support is the actor playing Petit's brother. Petit does a terrific job. Charrier is more laid back but still effective. Charrier's buddy also gives good support. The cast helps make this movie, but it's clear that a very professional director has created this smooth well-staged, well-filmed, well-acted film, and that's Marcel Carne.

Is what we see locked away in time, an artifact of that age? Or are French youth today still talking existentialism and worrying about Camus and suicide? I doubt it, but I suspect that something of that time and culture has survived the decades.

Even as a period piece, I found the film enjoyable, but then I was 17 when it was made, and I recognize the issues of the youth. Furthermore, I recognize and appreciate all that fine jazz that peppers the movie. The artists are given a lot of play in the opening credits and they are mentioned in the screenplay. Dizzy Gillespie did play the Olympia in Paris and so did Gerry Mulligan and others.


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