The Annuity (1972)
"Le viager" (original title)

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Doctor Galipeau has a brother, Emile, whose wife has just given birth to a baby boy and who dreams of owning a house. He has just examined Louis Martinet, an old man who, according to him, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Martinet
Michel Galabru ...
Léon Galipeau
Claude Brasseur ...
Noël Galipeau à 39 ans
Rosy Varte ...
Elvire Galipeau
Odette Laure ...
Marguerite Galipeau
Jean-Pierre Darras ...
Emile Galipeau
Yves Robert ...
Bucigny-Dumaine (le bel officier)
Jean Richard ...
Jo (un voyou)
Madeleine Clervanne ...
La grand-mère Galipeau
Noël Roquevert ...
Le grand-père Galipeau
Jacques Bodoin ...
Maître Laguarrigue, l'honnête notaire
Victor, le complice de Jo
Bernard Lavalette ...
Le député-maire de Saint-Tropez
Claude Legros ...
Lucien, le brave facteur
Maître Vierzon, l'avocat de Noël


Doctor Galipeau has a brother, Emile, whose wife has just given birth to a baby boy and who dreams of owning a house. He has just examined Louis Martinet, an old man who, according to him, is in the last stages. That is why he advises Emile to purchase Martinet's house for an annuity. Unfortunately for the Galipeaus, not only does Martinet recover but, month after month, year after year, the "dying man" proves hale and hearty as well! Whereas the greedy Galipeaus fall from the frying pan into the fire... Written by Guy Bellinger

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19 January 1972 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Adorável Gozador  »

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1.66 : 1
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According to director Pierre Tchernia,desire to own a house can sometimes turn out to be a true misfortune.
5 October 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

It is said that human minds are full of ideas which do not seem to have any plausible logical interpretation. This is one major reason why it is quite possible that one person's joy can be other person's misery. However, it is equally possible that one cannot live forever merely by wishing misfortune for others. It is on this bizarre yet funny theme that director Pierre Tchernia collaborated with Astérix writer René Goscinny to direct "Le Viager". The film is a true « laugh riot » from the beginning as viewers are likely to have a good laugh even at the manner in which opening credits have been shot. What makes this film a true gem of 'comedy cinema' is its depiction of historical events which are seen through some comical minds. It is interesting to watch how various facets of an average French person's life are shown especially covetous disposition to own a house at all costs. This film's original title "Le Viager" finds its origin in the word "Viage" which in old French means time of life. Hence, this word evokes a state of uncertainty, a risk regarding the duration of life. Le Viager (The life annuity) is a particular mode of sale of movable property. It consists of transforming all or part of the cost of the property in an annual and lifetime annuity (annual regular income for life) for the benefit of the seller. This annuity is usually paid monthly or quarterly (according to agreement between both parties). It is made on the day of the signing of the deed and expires at the time of the death of the seller. It is governed by articles 1968-1983 of the Civil Code.

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