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Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and practices medicine for the money; his wife grows distant, even hostile. The charming Vincent, everyone's favorite, faces bankruptcy, his mistress leaves him, and his wife, from whom he's separated, wants a divorce. The strains on the men begin to show particularly in François and Paul's friendship and in Vincent's health. A younger man, Jack, becomes attractive to Lucie, François's wife. Another young friend, the boxer Jean, who's like a son to Vincent and whose girlfriend is pregnant, has taken a bout with a merciless slugger. Has happiness eluded this circle of friends? Written by
This 'Claude Sautet' film depicts that it is not so easy to find concrete solutions to a midlife crisis.
French filmmaker Claude Sautet has been hailed as an important sociologist in the history of French cinema. Most of his films are about French middle class where he has painted it in its true colors. 'Vincent, François,Paul and the others' is an important film in his productive career. It combines elements of gaiety with those of midlife crisis. The overall tone of the film is light with occasional moments of problems which upset the well being of the protagonists. Much of the screen space is shared by these protagonists finding a solution to their personal problems which include problems related to money which has direct bearings on health, decision to participate in a boxing match against a tough rival or how to deal with their women. As these emotions are shown from a purely masculine perspective, presence of women characters has not been strongly developed. Actors Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli, Serge Reggiani and Gérard Depardieu add extra life in their roles are troubled individuals who are not at all afraid to reveal their true feelings. As their anger and frustrations are revealed with a bang, it would not be an understatement to say that they can be found in other places too albeit with somewhat different traits. Lastly, it is important to watch the manner in which everybody understand that solutions have to be found as life needs to be continued at all costs.
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