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Scoundrel in White (1972)
"Docteur Popaul" (original title)

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Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins... See full summary »

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Dr. Paul Simay
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Christine Dupont
Laura Antonelli ...
Martine Dupont
Daniel Lecourtois ...
Prof. Dupont
Marlène Appelt ...
L'Infirmière Carole
Carlo Bartolotta
Michel Peyrelon ...
Joseph
Patrick Préjean ...
Arthur Rignard
Henri Attal ...
La sourde
Louis Duranton
Monique Fardoulis
Christophe Merle
Madame Steeg
Catherine Ohotnikoff
Maja Wodecka ...
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Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins. Shortly after he meets the plain Christine on vacation in Tunesia. She leaves him after their first night, but by chance they meet again in Bordeaux. He learns that her father is a wealthy doctor who's very pleased to meet him and encourages him to become his son in law. Just on the wedding Popaul meets Christine's beautiful sister, who has the bad fortune to always marry the dumbest guy around. But Popaul knows how to help her out... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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14th highest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

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Dr. Paul Simay: She's my sister and we're Russian.
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Bebel Likes 'Em Ugly
21 June 2007 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

Claude Chabrol's "Docteur Popaul" aka. "High Heels" of 1972 is a fun little black comedy starring Jean Paul Belmondo, Mia Farrow and Laura Antonelli, and although it is certainly no masterpiece, the movie is well worth seeing. As far as I am considered Belmondo is always worth the time, and "Docteur Popaul" has enough black humor to remain entertaining throughout its 100 minutes.

Paul Simay (Belmondo), a student of medicine and player who prefers ugly women since he doesn't trust the beautiful, makes a bet with his drinking buddies: They are to meet again after a year, and the guy who has managed to sleep with the ugliest woman in the meantime is the winner. Paul wins the bet, and decides to go on a journey. In Tunisia he runs into shy Christine (Mia Farrow, with 'ugly'-make up), who has a handicap - she limps, and seduces her. When they run into each other again in France, and Paul finds out that her father is the head of a local clinic, he proposes to her. But Christine has a sister, the gorgeous Martine (Laura Antonelli), and Martine has a bunch of idiotic adorers...

If you like dark humor, you should give "Docteur Popaul" a try. The movie remains entertaining from the beginning to the end and has some hilarious moments. Belmondo is cool as always, and beautiful Laura Antonelli is a treat for the eyes. A quite original little black comedy, "Docteur Popaul" is an amusing film with a fine portion of black humor, that should not leave its viewers bored. Recommended. 6/10


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