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12 November 1962 (Sweden) See more »
Pierre is a shy man whose sole focus in life is studying astrology in solitude, which is often difficult... See more » | Add synopsis »
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France Arnel ... Stella, the Olympia star (as France Arnell)

Pierre Étaix ... Pierre, the Suitor
Laurence Lignières ... Laurence, Pierre's Neighbour (as Laurence Lignères)
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
Brigitte Juslin (as Birgitta Juslin)
Patrice Laffont ... Stella's Son
Kim Lokay ... Stella's Bodyguard
Georges Loriot (as Loriot)
Jean-Pierre Moutier
Sally Pearce
Guy Piérauld (as Guy Pierraut)
Gilles Rosset
Robert Sabatier
Roger Trapp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Abigaël ... Old Lady in Lift Scene (uncredited)
Béatrice Arnac ... Stella in TV Scene (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Old Man in Lift Scene (uncredited)
Pierre Vernet ... Man with Girl in Park Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix  &
Jean-Claude Carrière 

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jean Paillaud 
Cinematography by
Pierre Levent 
Film Editing by
Pierre Gillette 
Production Design by
Raymond Tournon 
Makeup Department
Anatole Paris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tonio Suné .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Bureau .... assistant director
Claude Pierre-Bloch .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Claude Carrière .... artistic advisor
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound engineer
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Benezech .... camera operator
Emmanuel Machuel .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Suné .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Monique André .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michel Colombier .... music arranger
Other crew
Gaby Blondé .... production assistant
Hélène Desse .... production secretary
Henry Dutrannoy .... production accountant (as Henri Dutrannoy)
Georges Fontenelle .... location manager
Daniel Martin .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le soupirant" - France (original title)
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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Slow but occasionally funny., 24 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Recently, Turner Classic Movies showed a bunch of films by Pierre Étaix--the first time they've been seen in this country in decades. Because the films have been tied up in legal disputes, most Americans have no idea who Étaix is--and I was quite curious. So, I recorded them and have watched them over the last few weeks. "The Suitor" is the last of his films they showed--and so I have come to the conclusion that his films, for me, are only modestly funny. If you like the films of Jacques Tati (which I don't), then you'll probably like the droll films of Pierre Étaix.

When the film begins, you see that Pierre is a nerdy guy who spends most of his times studying astronomy. His parents are concerned--he's getting older and should settle down and get married. The problem is that he is socially inept--though he is willing. Throughout much of the film, the character wanders about Paris--watching men picking up women and then he tries to imitate them. In every case, it's a disaster and I really, really liked the lipstick bit. However, some of the subplots went on WAY too long--particularly the obnoxious lady who laughs too loudly. Much of the film was very subtle and done much like a silent movie--but she didn't fit in at all. A little of her might have worked--using her as much as they did was, in my opinion, a mistake. She was funny but after a while she was just annoying--and NOT in a good way.

For me, this is a decent film but one that didn't excite me. However, it is important to note that many people LOVE Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis--and these folks would probably love this film.

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