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The Marvelous Visit (1974)
"La merveilleuse visite" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Gilles Kohler ...
Jean, l'ange
Roland Lesaffre ...
Debra Berger ...
Déliah (as Deborah Berger)
Lucien Barjon ...
Le recteur
Mary Marquet ...
La duchesse
Yves Barsacq ...
Le docteur Jeantel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Berger
Patrick Brown
Tania Busselier
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ...
François Mercadier
Jacques Debary ...
Père Léon
Martine Ferrière
Jean Gras
Jean Le Mouël
François Mercadier


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18 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

"la Merveilleuse Visite" was to be ,unfortunately,Carné's last movie:it stands as a cheapskate epitaph,a cardboard stone,a sad end to a career which produced some of the very best (and I mean it) works of the French cinema .Carné had planned another movie,"Mouche",based on the short novel by Guy De Maupassant:it promised a return to form,but the producers turned their back on him and Carné never got his wish.

In 1942,Satan sent two of his devils to drive the humans to despair:the screenplay was written by Jacques Prévert and the actors were Jules Berry and Arletty.(Les Visiteurs Du Soir)

In 1974,it's God's(?) turn :he sent an angel (or did the angel fall by accident?)in a village by the seaside in Britanny;there is nothing more to say about it:Gilles Kohler (debut)is bland,listless and it takes a lot of faith to believe he is a creature from Heaven;the vicar,his sacristan (played by the faithful Roland Lesaffre ,who is in all the post war works )who receive him in their home are dull uninteresting characters :the priest could have his moments of doubt and hope but as his help says "you do believe Jesus was born from a virgin ,that he rose from the dead,and you do not believe in that miracle!"To all the other villagers,the angel is no more than a village idiot (a role often played by Fernandel),who can play the violin though:but the sounds he produces are not even heavenly.Add A truck driver who gets jealous cause his girl goes for a stroll by the sea with the angel.

NB:Carné's last movie was actually a MTV documentary:"La Bible";although an atheist,he was single-minded .

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