During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is ... See full summary »
Philippe de Broca
Jean has been married to Francoise for years, but his relationship with his wife has been all but over for a long time. She's hardly ever around, always traveling to Russia for work, and ... See full summary »
Konrad, a handsome country boy in post-war Austria, charms his way into a butler position at the castle of a widowed countess that lost her fortune. Before long the opportunistic boy is ... See full summary »
In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden, the British consular officer, with Justine, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a ... See full summary »
Edouard Berlon (Jean-Pierre Cassel) is a happy-go-lucky rogue who takes nothing seriously and flits irresponisbly from one affair to another. When he meets Helene Larouch (Anouk Aimee), he ... See full summary »
Victor takes life lightly. Jolly and offhand, he has been a very pleasant companion to Suzanne for two years now. But the young antique dealer is not satisfied with Victor's lightness any ... See full summary »
Nick and Alison, a young couple although married for several years, find their sex-life is uninspiring. After much agonising, they decide to visit a wife-swapping club in a risky attempt to... See full summary »
What a curious conflict ! This french film, realized by Philippe De Broca, the subtle and jovial director of "L'homme de Rio", "Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine", "Le diable par la queue", "Les caprices de Marie", "Le magnifique", "Tendre poulet" and "Louisiane", describes a very delicate adventure, during the Second World War, in North Africa. The wife of an ambassador is hesitating between two men - the first one clever, generous and courageous, the second one, young, sincere and sensible - and becomes the female instinct of a three-hands escape. The approach of this complex friendship is characterized by grace : that is the reason why the shadow of a windy tenderness flies on this desert of affective uncertainties.
Touching atmosphere is created too by talented comedians, Marlene Jobert (1971 was an important year for her, as the delightful comedy "Catch me a spy" and the truly inspired "Six days wonder" prove it), Michel Piccoli - originally, his part was written for Jean-Paul Belmondo - and Michael York, who display a remarkable intensity to suggest the confusion of their vulnerable feelings. Otherwise, the main theme, composed by Michel Legrand, represents the perfect musical allegory of melancholy. At last, we must celebrate epilogue, which reflects an ideal sorrow : full of tears but outwardly smiling. Follow this initiating way, which offers us the fertile ambiguity of an utopian fantasy.
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