Happy He Who Like Ulysses (1970)
"Heureux qui comme Ulysse..." (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  8 July 1970 (France)
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For 25 years now, under the Provence sun, Antonin, a farmhand, has shared his work and everyday life with a horse named Ulysse. What a shock when Pascal, the farmer, tells him he has ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rellys ...
Mireille Audibert ...
Gilberte Rivet
Evelyne Séléna ...
Hélène Tossy ...
Max Amyl ...
Edmond Ardisson ...
Le bouliste (as Ardisson)
Lucien Barjon ...
Marcel Charvey ...
Jean Franval
Armand Meffre ...
Pierre Mirat ...
Le camionneur
Jean Sagols ...
Le mécanicien
Werner Schwier ...


For 25 years now, under the Provence sun, Antonin, a farmhand, has shared his work and everyday life with a horse named Ulysse. What a shock when Pascal, the farmer, tells him he has decided to sell Ulysse to a picador for being too old. Not only will he be separated from his faithful companion, but he is well aware too that the arenas of Arles mean death for Ulysse. Being unable to stand such injustice, Antonin runs away from the farm in the company of Ulysse. Together, they go through the Lubéron, the Baux de Provence, the Alpilles, the Crau and the Vaccarès. Yet, their journey is no pleasure cruise, specially when it comes to crossing National Road 7. After a visit to Marcellin, an old friend of his, Antonin sets off again with Ulysse, this time towards the Rhône River. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Sein letzter Freund  »

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Heureux qui comme Ulysse
Written by Henri Colpi - Georges Delerue
Performed by Georges Brassens
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Fernandel's last picture
4 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was Fernandel's last film; he was to die not long after its release. A simple story of a man and his old horse, with a loving portrait of life in Provence, this is a very moving film indeed. Antoine arranges to deliver his horse Ulysse to the picador in Arles, to be used in bullfights. But his heart is not in it; he remembers too many incidents from the past (like Spencer Tracy in The Old Man and the Sea).

In Arles, he takes the horse away after watching another horse getting gored... The grace and subtlety of Fernandel's performance is impressive. Thanks to Télé-Québec for including this in their Fernandel series.

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