The young but traveled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
José María Prada
During Madeleine's fashion show Claire meets Antoine and becomes his mistress. Due to the fact that she's married (to a wealthy man) she only spends a few days a week with him. Antoine is ... See full summary »
Philippe de Broca
Jack Cardiff received a 1960 Oscar Nomination as Best Director for this lush, engaging film starring Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell and Donald Pleasence, which was adapted from D.H. ... See full summary »
Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. ... See full summary »
After the death of his mother, middle-aged insurance employee inherits her small cottage surrounded by a garden. Selling the cottage which is situated on unexploited ground near the center ... See full summary »
Louis Mennechain is a modest locksmith. So imagine his amazement when Professor Piétrefond approaches him and tells him he recognizes in him a descendant of the kings of France, more ... See full summary »
It was to be Sylvie's last part and ,although she made a brilliant career ,it was the only movie where she got the lead.It would be an insult to the users' culture to mention all the great French works she was in.Just check her filmography,they are all in here:Carné,Duvivier,Clouzot,Bresson,Autant-Lara,Grémillon,and even (yuk) Vadim.
"The shameless old lady" was a (very) short story by Bertold Brecht ("Die unwürdige Greisin" ) from a book called "Kalender Gechichten" .The scenarists were faithful to the German writer's spirit and they developed the plot with taste .
A sixty-something woman became a widow .All her life,she had been cooking ,washing and taking care of her family.A woman's work is never done.So she decided she would live for herself: she would go to the pictures ,she would buy a car and that's exactly what she did.
Bertold Brecht told us so:she had two lives:the first one was a long busy one,the second one was very short;but she ate the bread of life till its last crumbs (that's the last line of his story) The first part of her life is summarized during the cast and credits when old black and white photographs appear on the screen while we can hear Jean Ferrat's beautiful song "On ne Voit Pas le Temps Passer" (=time does fly).The second one is the film itself and it's full of joie de vivre,it's really a film about happiness,as "Babette's feast" would be twenty years later.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?