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The Suitor (1962)
"Le soupirant" (original title)

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Pierre is a shy man whose sole focus in life is studying astrology in solitude, which is often difficult since he still lives at and studies in his parent's house. His parent's would rather... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
France Arnel ...
Stella, the Olympia star (as France Arnell)
Pierre, the Suitor
Laurence Lignères ...
Laurence, Pierre's Neighbour
Claude Massot ...
Pierre's Father
Denise Péronne ...
Pierre's Mother (as Denise Perrone)
Karin Vesely ...
Ilka, the Swedish Au-pair
Robert Blome
Pierre Maguelon ...
Olympia's Stage Manager (as Petit Bobo)
Dominique Clément
Dora Diana
Bernard Dumaine
Armelle Engel
Édouard Francomme ...
(as Francomme)
Jeannette François
Lucien Frégis ...
Painter in Park Scene


Pierre is a shy man whose sole focus in life is studying astrology in solitude, which is often difficult since he still lives at and studies in his parent's house. His parent's would rather he date and get married. He takes on this task with verve. Not knowing how to approach women in a romantic way, he watches how other men operate and tries to emulate them, most often without success. He ends up attracting the one woman he doesn't really want, a fun loving woman named Laurence who lives next door, but he becomes obsessed with Stella, a singer he sees on television. He believes her love song is being sung directly to him. As Pierre tries to get away from Laurence while pursuing Stella, he may miss the perfect match who may be right under his nose. Written by Huggo

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13 February 1963 (France)  »

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O, toi l'amour
Written by Jean Paillaud and Jean-Claude Carrière
Performed by Béatrice Arnac
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A lost gem - French remake of Keaton's "Seven Chances"
27 June 2005 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

This French slapstick farce seems to have disappeared from the Earth, which is a shame since I remember it as extremely funny and well made (I saw it as a teenager at a film festival in the mid-sixties).

It's a remake of the Buster Keaton silent feature "Seven Chances," about a shy young man who must get married within a few days in order to inherit a fortune. This version is partially an homage to the silent cinema, but has a lot of Gallic touches as well, including some Brigette Bardot jokes.

There was another remake in the late nineties called "The Bachelor," which I haven't seen but understand was pretty bad. I hope someone will bring "The Suitor" out on DVD someday so we all can have a chance to enjoy it.

Update 2013: This movie has finally reemerged in a restored version that was shown on TCM in April 2013. On seeing it again, it was even better than I remembered it from decades earlier. Not only was it a superb homage to silent comedy, I also thought it anticipated some of the wackiness of Richard Lester and Monty Python, and the innovative use of sound made me think of Robert Altman. A unique and very entertaining film. Don't miss it if you get a chance to see it.

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