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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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

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Comedy | Romance

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21 March 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Den stora kärleken  »

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1.37 : 1
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The white and red sports cars driven by Agnes and Pierre respectively are both French 1969 Matra M530 's. See more »

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Referenced in The Chambermaid (2014) See more »

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A Classical French Comedy
22 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Following in the tradition of "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday", "Le Grand Amour" uses as little dialogue as possible. However, there is more dialogue in "Le Grand Amour" and the viewer feels more involved, whereas in "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday", the viewer feels more like a voyeur, just watching the happenings that occur around him.

"Le Grand Amour" also has a theme; it is not just a slice of life. The protagonist, Pierre (Pierre Etaix, who also wrote and directed the film), lives his life rather passively. He is affected and influenced by the opinions of others, by gossip, and by the institutions and social forms that exist. Even when he seeks to assert himself, it still feels like he is just shrugging off one convention for another.

The style of the film is much like the silent film comedies of earlier years. But it seamlessly strays into flights of fancy, like the scenes where he fantasizes about his secretary and those involving dreams (a la Woody Allen).

The film is very creative in its use of sound effects. Notice, for example, the background sounds when certain characters are on screen.

The film is also filled with vignettes and ancillary comic touches that add to its charm, like the waiter whose curiosity about the restaurant patrons affects his performance and who, at one point, actually interacts with a memory recounted by Pierre in voice over.

The film has a charming, light-hearted view of life and marriage, with a self-deprecating sense of humor.


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