Down 2,273 this week

Les novices (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  April 1975 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.8/10 from 114 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot


, (uncredited)
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 100 titles
created 07 Jan 2011
a list of 3686 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
a list of 81 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 166 titles
created 4 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Les novices (1970)

Les novices (1970) on IMDb 4.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Les novices.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mona Lisa
Le client au chien
Jacques Duby ...
Le chauffeur d'ambulance
Jess Hahn ...
Jacques Jouanneau ...
Le client Mona Lisa
Noël Roquevert ...
Le sadique
Dominique Zardi ...
Agent au commissariat
Angelo Bardi ...
Le client du village
Lucien Barjon ...
Homme de l'ambulance
Marc Deus ...
Le prêtre
Michel Duplaix ...
Le vendeur d'autos (as Michel Dupleix)
Clément Michu ...
Le client en double file
Antonio Passalia ...
Jean Roquel ...
Le chauffeur de taxi


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


R | See all certifications »





Release Date:

April 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les novices  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


By Fire Exit
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

THE NOVICES (Guy Casaril and, uncredited, Claude Chabrol, 1970) **
27 November 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

To begin with, I managed to obtain a number of Brigitte Bardot's star vehicles (even if they have largely proved bland affairs!) in the last few years. Apparently, the two leads of this one (the other being Annie Girardot) were so dissatisfied with original director/co-writer Casaril's handling that they pushed to have him fired and replaced with Claude Chabrol (who had often worked in conjunction with producer Andre' Genoves and screenwriter Paul Gegauff, though never with them). Interestingly, this was one of three films in which Bardot was flanked by a female star almost as big as herself: she had previously appeared alongside Jeanne Moreau in Louis Malle's delightful VIVA MARIA! (1965) and, later on, would co-star with Claudia Cardinale in Christian-Jaque's THE LEGEND OF FRENCHIE KING (1971; in which, ironically, Guy Casaril was also involved in an uncredited capacity).

Though ostensibly naughty, with Bardot a reluctant nun(!) and Girardot a hooker (decked-out in the customarily tacky fashions of the era), the film under review maintains a light tone throughout; mildly enjoyable but thoroughly forgettable, the main assets here are the splendid Parisian locations and a pleasant score by the late Francois de Roubaix. Meeting in a police station, the two women begin by setting up house together: however, Bardot's constant interruption of Giradot's intimate 'work' (especially after taking in a mangy stray dog!), almost causes her to be thrown out. Eventually, she is trained in the art of seduction by her companion but, after failing in this as well(!), Bardot connives her way - thanks to Girardot's connections - into an ambulance-driving position at the local hospital!

This gives Girardot the idea of converting the vehicle into a traveling brothel after office hours – a good 13 years prior to Ron Howard's NIGHT SHIFT!; among their clients are Jess Hahn (as an American expatriate prone to reciting poetry), Jean Carmet (later the ill-fated father of the protagonist in Chabrol's own VIOLETTE NOZIERE [1978]), Noel Roquevert (the villain at the center of Henri-Georges Clouzot's LE CORBEAU [1943]) and Jacques Jouanneau (who had been the amiable private eye in Georges Franju's JUDEX [1963]). The ruse goes very well at first, leaving the couple wealthy if understandably exhausted...until Girardot inadvertently picks up Bardot's superior at work for a 'quick one'! The direct result of this is that our heroines first dispose of the ambulance and then re-join the nunnery from which Bardot had fled to begin with!; they still fail to keep the pace with the other novices and make eyes at the young priest celebrating mass at their remote convent!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Les novices (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: