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Very Happy Alexander (1968)
"Alexandre le bienheureux" (original title)

G  |   |  Comedy  |  9 February 1968 (France)
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Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alexandre
Françoise Brion ...
La Grande
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Agathe
Paul Le Person ...
Sanguin
Tsilla Chelton ...
Madame Bouillot
Léonce Corne ...
Lamendin
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Colibert
Jean Saudray ...
Pinton
Pierre Barnley
Marcel Bernier ...
Malicorne
Bernard Charlan ...
Le maire
Madeleine Damien ...
Madame Boisseau
Pierre Maguelon ...
Verglandier
Marie Marc
François Vibert ...
Le beau-père d'Alexandre
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Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Alexander  »

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Le ciel, la terre et l'eau
Written by Francis Lemarque
Performed by Isabelle Aubret
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A long lost favorite that deserves a resurrection!
18 May 2004 | by (Lima, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In an era that also gave us Peter Seller's Clouseau, Phillipe Noiret created another indelible comic character in Alexandre that deserves a certain degree of immortality. One can only hope that there is a vault somewhere that contains a decent print of the film and that the owners will see fit to preserve it. To describe "Alexandre le bienheureux" as charming is too soft a description -- it is social and political commentary wrapped in a delightful and hilarious package that has few equals. The ending was a revelation for a generation of young filmgoers who also believed there might be something more to life than laboring to gain subsistence. When it played in my hometown in the early 1970's -- in a limited run at the local art museum -- I dragged everyone I could find to it. Ah, to be able to do the same today!


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