7.6/10
638
3 user 15 critic

Le Grand Amour (1969)

Le grand amour (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1969 (France)
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... See full summary »

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
Rupture (1961)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
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
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
Judex (1963)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob
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
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux
Lola (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend, Cecile who works as a dancer at a cabaret under the stage name Lola. She... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Demy
Stars: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden
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 6.7/10 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
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Nicole Calfan, Jean Carmet, Pierre Étaix
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

French visa # 34552. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Chambermaid Lynn (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A bit slow in spots but highly original and enjoyable.
4 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Pierre Étaix directed, co-wrote and starred in this very unusual and often surreal film. It does have its slow moments, but its eccentric sense of humor make it well worth seeing.

When the film begins, you see Étaix about to get married--at which point you are shown a flashback where this character explains to the audience his previous love life as well as what led him to marry Florence (played by the woman Pierre Étaix actually married in 1969). This is the first of MANY occasions where the film breaks through the fourth wall--the invisible barrier between the actors and the audience.

Now the film jumps ahead and the couple is now approaching middle age. The husband is quite successful (working for his father-in-law) and the couple is quite happy. However, a couple nosy biddies see the husband doing innocent things--and their dirty minds misinterpret it. They think he's cheating on his wife and eventually their gossip leaks to the wife and she leaves him--at least temporarily. She does return, but the incident actually gets the husband looking at his own life--the stagnation and the possibility of having an affair with his much younger secretary.

At this point, some of the strangest leaps from the plot occur--and it becomes very surreal. My favorite was a whimsical dream where the husband finds himself in bed and the bed is chugging down the street like a car! And, ultimately, the secretary joins him. Many more wacky surreal touches occur--but I don't want to spoil the film.

The best way to describe this film is a French comedy with hints at the sort of film Woody Allen would soon make--with the strange surreal bits as well as the questioning about one's direction in life. As I mentioned above, it does have a few slow moments but it also has many magical ones that make the film worth your time. A strange but satisfying comedy about mid-life.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TCM elliotjames2
Discuss Le Grand Amour (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?