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Pierre Étaix (writer) and
Jean-Claude Carrière (writer)
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Release Date:
21 March 1969 (France) See more »
Pierre married Florence, the only daughter of a small industrialist. 15 years later, he is the boss... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierre Étaix ... 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
Luc Delhumeau ... Driver in a Rage
Stéphanie Drobner
Jean-Pierre Elga ... M. Bourget
Odette Duc ... Intriguist #1
Sandra Fratellini ... Young Woman
Gino Fratellini
Tino Fratellini
Martine Leclerc
Mad Letty ... Mother Superior
Georges Loriot ... Old Man (as Loriot)
Marie Marc ... Florence's Grandmother
Paule Marin ... Intriguist #7
Georges Montax ... Driver with Engine Failure
Georgina Pauwels ... Intriguist #3
Judith Pauwels ... Intriguist #5
Denise Péronne ... Intriguist #4
Josette Poirier ... Thérèse
Annie Savarin
Ralph Zavatta ... Swiss Man

Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix (writer) and
Jean-Claude Carrière (writer)

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... producer
Hélène Desse .... production administrator (as H. Desse)
Gilbert de Goldschmidt .... producer (uncredited)
Danièle Delorme .... producer (uncredited)
Yves Robert .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Claude Stieremans 
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety 
Film Editing by
Henri Lanoë 
Production Design by
Daniel Louradour 
Costume Design by
Daniel Louradour 
Makeup Department
Irène Servet .... makeup artist (as I. Servet)
Production Management
Jacques Garcia .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Leroy .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean-François Gallaud .... architect (as Jean-Gallaud)
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound
Michel Leroy .... assistant sound (as M. Leroy)
P. Millet .... assistant sound
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Forster .... still photographer (as R. Forster)
Christian Guillouet .... camera operator
Guy Lecouvette .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Michel Lewin .... assistant editor
Other crew
Christian Gallo .... production coordinator
Suzanne Ohanessian .... script supervisor (as S. Ohanessian)
Philippe Audran .... special thanks (restored version)
Jean-Claude Carrière .... special thanks (restored version)
Philippe Giraudel .... special thanks (restored version)
Charles-Edouard Renault .... special thanks (restored version)
Odile Étaix .... special thanks (restored version)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le grand amour" - France (original title)
"The Great Love" - International (English title) (promotional title)
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87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Finnish censorship visa # 77537 delivered on 23-4-1969.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Chambermaid Lynn (2014)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A bit slow in spots but highly original and enjoyable., 4 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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.

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