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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
"Préparez vos mouchoirs" (original title)

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Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. ... See full summary »

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Sylvie Joly ...
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Riton Liebman ...
Christian Beloeil (as Riton)
Liliane Rovère ...
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André Thorent ...
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Gilberte Géniat ...
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Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. Although he listens to Mozart and has every Pocket Book arranged in alphabetical order, Stephane fails to cheer Solange. She knits. She does housework. Everyone, including their neighbor a vegetable vendor, agrees that she needs a child, yet she fails to get pregnant by either lover. The three take a job running a kids' summer camp where they meet Christian, the precocious 13-year-old son of the local factory manager. It is Christian who restores Solange to laughter. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Complex, very funny, sad, very French look at love and sexual dynamics
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Complex, very funny, sad, very French look at love and sexual dynamics, with terrific acting all around.

Gerard Depardieu plays a man who truly loves his wife, but can't understand her or her depression. So he decides to get her a lover to cheer her up. But it doesn't work, and now two men are bewitched and befuddled by the sad, repressed Solange.

Ultimately only a love affair with a 13 year old boy – who in many ways is the most mature character in the film – gives her joy.

Transgressive, uncomfortable, and tweaking both sides of the war of the sexes equally; men are fools who can only look at women through a narrow prism, and women are complex and weird to the point of absurdity, this is a film that makes me laugh and cringe (in a good way) in equal measure.


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