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Heat of Desire (1981)
"Plein sud" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 April 1981 (France)
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In France in the near future, revolt and chaos erupt. A right-wing politician, Philippe Muphand, is set to take control when his lady friend Caroline walks out, announcing she will take up ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dewaere ...
Serge Lainé - un prof de philo qui tombe amoureux d'une marginale
Clio Goldsmith ...
Caroline dite Carol - une jeune marginale
Hélène - la mère de Caroline, une aventurière
Guy Marchand ...
Max Moineau - un maquereau
Pierre Dux ...
Rognon - un membre du Redressement National
José Luis López Vázquez ...
Sr. Martínez - le recteur de l'université de Barcelone
Luis Andrés ...
Le sous-directeur de l'hôtel
Roland Amstutz ...
Jeannot Lainé - le frère de Serge
Béatrice Camurat ...
Pepita - la fille d'un armateur chargée de séduire Serge
Robert Rimbaud ...
Philippe Muphand - un ministre réctionnaire
Nicole Jamet ...
Nicole Lainé - la femme de Serge
Carlos Luchetti ...
Un policier municipal
Juan Viñallonga ...
Un policier municipal
Jean Antolinos ...
Le voyageur espagnol
Gérard Cuvier ...
Le garçon du wagon-restaurant


In France in the near future, revolt and chaos erupt. A right-wing politician, Philippe Muphand, is set to take control when his lady friend Caroline walks out, announcing she will take up with the first fool she sees. The fool is Serge Laine, a professor and author of the prize-winning "Le voyage qui ne finit pas," headed to the train station for tickets to Barcelona where he and his wife will enjoy a second honeymoon and he will lecture at the university. Caroline seduces Serge, and he soon abandons wife, family, job, and honesty to embrace Caroline, the romanticism of Jack London, and murder. Written by <>

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29 April 1981 (France)  »

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Avoid at all costs
29 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I chose this film because I wanted to branch out and find a new French director. The film had Patrick Deweare which was enough for me to choose the film.

Plein Sud suffers from numerous faults, not the least is the serious lack of coherency or real continuation between the scenes. The film hops from farce comedy to serious melodrama. What's missing is the real substance to allow this to happen. The director didn't have the talent to pull off one or the other in this film.

I can hardly believe the infatuation that Patrick Dewaere has for the female lead. Within five minutes of the film beginning he is infatuated. Why? Because she makes a make-believe home of the hotel furniture. What a free spirit! We learn nothing about her throughout the film. If we don't understand why he is infatuated than why should we give a damn for the film.

Last point the music is far too dramatic for the film. I heard notes from La Meprise by Luc Godard but the film does not have that films lofty heights. The music is too manipulative and inappropriate.

To avoid without moderation.

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