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Happy New Year (1973)

La bonne année (original title)
Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes ... See full summary »

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Simon
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Françoise
Charles Gérard ...
Charlot
André Falcon ...
Le bijoutier
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Herself / Elle-même
Lilo ...
Madame Félix
Claude Mann ...
L'intellectuel
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
L'amant parisien
Gérard Sire ...
Le directeur de la prison
Silvano Tranquilli ...
L'amant italien
André Barello
Michel Bertay
Norman de la Chesnaye
Pierre Edeline
Pierre Pontiche
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Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes but by someone special he met there. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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From the Film Maker Who Gave You "A Man and a Woman"

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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13 April 1973 (France)  »

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Happy New Year  »

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"La Bonne Année" ("Happy New Year") is one of Stanley Kubrick's favorite movies. See more »

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La Bonne Année (Thème)
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Romance and Heist
10 September 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the end of 1972, the con artist and thief Simon (Lino Ventura) receives a remission to celebrate the New Year outside the Prison La Santé. While heading to his apartment in Paris to meet his mistress Françoise (Françoise Fabian), Simon notices that a car is chasing his cab. In the apartment, Simon leans that Françoise has a lover and he leaves the place without being noticed.

Simon recalls the Christmas of 1966, when he travels out-season to Cannes with his partner and friend Charlot (Charles Gérard) to heist the jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels. While plotting a scheme to rob the jewelry, Simon meets the intellectual antique dealer Françoise whose shop is the next-door neighbor of the jewelry and he falls in love with her. But his scheme does not work as planned and Simon is arrested.

"La Bonne Année" is a pleasant and stylish romance combined with heist by Claude Lelouch. The film begins with footages of the classic "Un Homme et Une Femme" and has a non-linear screenplay with witty dialogs. The story is very well developed in an adequate pace different from most of films of heist.

The characters are elegant and charismatic, and the beauty and the magnetism of Françoise Fabian are wonderful. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Dama e o Gangster" ("The Lady and the Gangster")


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