7.7/10
813
4 user 14 critic

Le grand amour (1969)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1969 (France)
After fifteen years of average married life and stifling in-laws, a businessman undergoes a midlife crisis and pursues his attractive young secretary.

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Suitor (1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: France Arnel, Pierre Étaix, Laurence Lignières
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The director's cut (restored version) opens and closes with theatrical curtains in homage to Georges Méliés films, and is divided into four parts, separated by title cards: I - L'insomnie [... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Pierre Étaix, Denise Péronne, Simone Fonder
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After the events of May 1968, the French went on vacations - and they were filmed during three months on the rural fairs, on the beaches, on promotional campaigns for products and ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Pierre Étaix, Maurice Biraud, Michel Lewin
Rupture (1961)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When picking up his mail, a man is excited to see a letter from his sweetheart. His excitement turns to sorrow when he gets home to his flat and sees that it is a Dear John letter. But that... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Étaix
Stars: Anne-Marie Royer, Anny Nelsen, Pierre Étaix
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for her and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops to pick up ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Étaix
Stars: Georges Loriot, Nono Zammit, Lucien Frégis
Feeling Good (2010)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This short was originally one of the sequences of As Long as You're Healthy, in its 1965 version. In 1971, Pierre Étaix re-edited it to a short feature : Feeling good. In 2010, it was presented in the general reissue of his films.

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Roger Trapp, Preston, Robert Blome
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Demy
Stars: Dominique Sanda, Danielle Darrieux, Richard Berry
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Nicole Calfan, Jean Carmet, Pierre Étaix
Bay of Angels (1963)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos, Jean meets Jackie. Their love affair will follow their luck at the roulette.

Director: Jacques Demy
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

Director: Antonio Pietrangeli
Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, Robert Morley
Insomnie (1963)
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man tries to cure his insomnia by reading a book about vampires !

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Lidia Binaghi, Gabriel Blondet, Laurence Gallimard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Pierre
Annie Fratellini ...
Florence
Nicole Calfan ...
Agnès
Alain Janey ...
Jacques
Ketty France ...
Mme. Girard
Louis Maiss ...
Mr. Girard
Jacqueline Rouillard ...
Mme. Louise
Renée Gardès ...
Une commère
Billy Bourbon ...
Drunkard
Claude Massot ...
Café Waiter
Micha Bayard ...
Bourget's secretary
Jane Beretta ...
Intriguist #6
Magali Clément ...
Irène
Emile Coryn ...
(as Emilius Coryn)
Sylvie Delalande
Edit

Storyline

Pierre married Florence, the only daughter of a small industrialist. 15 years later, he is the boss, but his middle-class life worries him a lot. When a new young and lovely secretary comes, he starts dreaming. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 March 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Den stora kärleken  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The white and red sports cars driven by Agnes and Pierre respectively are both French 1969 Matra M530 's. See more »

Quotes

Pierre: Then one thing leads to another, like it or not. You never know how these things happen... but they happen.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Chambermaid (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Le Grand Amour, or: The Many Great Loves of Pierre Étaix
20 October 2012 | by (Brooklyn, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

I had the wonderful experience of seeing Le Grand Amour at its New York premiere last night (Friday, October 19, 2012). The screening was at the Film Forum, the renowned movie house where a Pierre Étaix retrospective is currently being held. The film was preceded by Étaix's Oscar-winning 1962 short Heureux Anniversaire. To the delight of all who were in the audience, M. Étaix was at the screening (his very first trip to NYC!), first to introduce Le Grand Amour and then again for a generously lengthy post-film Q&A. At nearly 84 years old, Étaix's sense of humor is as lively as ever; when asked who his favorite contemporary directors were/are, he joked about it being Clint Eastwood. (The actual answers: William Friedkin and Stanley Kubrick. Étaix also mentioned being a fan of Hitchcock.) As for Le Grand Amour, the film is a charming look at married life in all its most comedic - and sometimes poignant - moments. The gags are fantastic and the emotional aspects parts of the story feel very real. Catch Le Grand Amour if you can, although I'm not sure where you would be able to find it in America (besides at the Film Forum) since M. Étaix's directorial efforts are not yet available on DVD here. It's a real shame since his talents have been forgotten for far too long. Le Grand Amour makes clear what his great loves were (and, in some ways, still are): comedy, filmmaking and his co-star/wife at the time, Annie Fratellini.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?