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A Monkey in Winter (1962)

Un singe en hiver (original title)
Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war,... See full summary »

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Albert Quentin
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Gabriel Fouquet
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Suzanne Quentin
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Victoria
Hella Petri ...
Georgina
Marcelle Arnold ...
L'infirmière de la pension / Nurse
Charles Bouillaud ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Anne-Marie Coffinet ...
Simone
André Dalibert ...
Maurice, le brigadier
Hélène Dieudonné ...
Joséphine
Geneviève Fontanel ...
Marie-Jo (as Geneviève Fontanel de la Comédie Française)
Gabriel Gobin ...
Un habitué du café
Sylviane Margollé ...
Marie
Lucien Raimbourg ...
Gardiner
Hans Verner ...
Le touriste allemand
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Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war, Albert comes in contact with Gabriel, a young man prone to heavy bouts with the bottle. Gabriel is conflicted over visiting his young daughter in a nearby school and in a moment of nostalgia, Albert takes off with him on one major binge -- and havoc results. Written by EuropaCorp

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31 January 1963 (USA)  »

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15th grossing movie of the year in France. See more »

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Gabin falls off the wagon

Albert Quentin (Gabin) is running a small hotel in a coastal town in Normandy. He and his wife (Suzanne Flon)have settled down to a dull, peaceful existence heading into old age, when Fouquet (Belmondo), a young man gifted in flamenco dancing and getting very drunk, erupts into their lives. Soon all is turned upside-down, the teetotalling Quentin starts drinking again, and the town is treated to the most spectacular impromptu fireworks display that I can recall seeing in a movie. And that's not all... The acting is good all round: Gabin and Belmondo play off each other very well, Suzanne Flon strikes the right wistful and optimistic notes, and Noel Roquevert is very funny as the owner of a boutique where you can buy just about anything, including fireworks. Gabrielle Dorziat (of Les Parents terribles) has a nice cameo as the director of a girl's school who insists on speaking English.

Henri Verneuil was a very popular director from the 50's to the 70's; without being a real auteur he had a talent for pleasing the audience. Un singe en hiver follows Mélodie en sous-sol with its fine Gabin-Delon pairing, and gave me a lot of pleasure.


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