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Grandeur nature (1974)

X | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | June 1976 (USA)
Michel is a middle aged man with a troubled marriage. He feels lonely, has been unfaithful to his wife Isabelle in various occasions, and despite she seems to accept this situation, they ... See full summary »

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Michel
Valentine Tessier ...
La mère
Rada Rassimov ...
Isabelle
Lucienne Hamon ...
Juliette
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Henry
Queta Claver ...
Maria-Luisa
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Jose-Luis
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Directrice
Claudia Bianchi ...
Jeune fille
Jenny Astruc ...
Janine
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Jacques
Marie-France Mignal ...
Mère enfant
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Nicole
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Michel is a middle aged man with a troubled marriage. He feels lonely, has been unfaithful to his wife Isabelle in various occasions, and despite she seems to accept this situation, they both grow apart. Eventually Michel falls in love with the most unexpected "perfect woman": a mannequin. Written by Bulma PunkRocker

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Love Doll  »

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1.66 : 1
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An der schönen blauen Donau
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2 January 2016 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Well, this is not at all what I was expecting. After being introduced to the films of Luis Garcia Berlanga via such '50s delights as Bienvenido Mr. Marshall (1951) and Calabuch (1956), I did NOT expect Grandeur Nature to tell the story of a randy dentist named Michel (Michel Piccoli, looking especially bushy-pated here) navigating his midlife crisis with the help of an inflatable sex doll, with whom he spends time at his dental surgery and in various hotels. He even introduces her to Mom (Valentine Tessier). Meanwhile, wife Isabelle (Rada Rassimov, sister of better known Ivan) seems to be aware that her man has a 'girlfriend' - though she's unaware of her rival's synthetic nature. Sex comedies were all the rage in European cinema of the '70s, but this is definitely a little stranger than most examples of the genre. I guess Berlanga had to change with the times, but I definitely prefer his early films.


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