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A Bad Son (1980)

Un mauvais fils (original title)
Bruno is released from prison. He looks for a job and tries to start a new life. His first stop is at his father's apartment.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Catherine
Jacques Dufilho ...
Adrien Dussart
Yves Robert ...
René Calgagni
Claire Maurier ...
Madeleine
André Julien ...
André
David Pontremoli ...
Carlos
Raouf Ben Yaghlane ...
Tailleb
Antoine Bourseiller ...
Le psychologue de l'hygiène mentale
Etienne Chicot ...
Serge
Pierre Maguelon ...
Le commissaire
Jean-Claude Bouillaud ...
Henri
Sandra Montaigu ...
La fille au flipper
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ...
Le patron de l'entreprise de transport
Dominique Briand ...
L'officier de police
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Bruno is released from prison. He looks for a job and tries to start a new life. His first stop is at his father's apartment.

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15 October 1980 (France)  »

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Um Mau Filho  »

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Bruno Calgagni: They're part-time hookers. They'll give us a cut rate because we're two. Let's ask them over.
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Prodical son returns...
17 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm the second to review this? I borrowed this film from a local French library. I sat down with a coffee and was entranced with from beginning to end.

The film is about the relationship between a father and son. The son returns to France and to life after several years in an American gaol. The son wants to begin relations with his father anew but the father has trouble with that idea.

You could say that the father is someone who is strict and has trouble expressing his feelings and opening himself up. He is ruthlessly unforgiving with his son. This is not a one dimensional character and thats what makes him so intriguing.

Equally Partick Deweare, whom I've come to know and love, is enchantic as the son. He oozes charm and his mere presence on the screen without saying a word conveys so many things.

The two fight and make up then fight and make up, and like another reviewer said the director takes the time to film them preparing coffee. Even that is fascinating in this film. A true find for me and pure cinematic gem. Enjoy!


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