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Une étrange affaire (1981)

Louis Coline assists the head of advertising of a department store in decline. He has little to do, but seems content with his marriage to Nina, his visits to his mother and grandmother, ... See full summary »
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Bertrand Malair
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Louis Coline
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Nina Coline
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
François Lingre
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Paul Belais
Pierre Michaël ...
Gérard Doutre
Madeleine Cheminat ...
Yvette, la grand-mère de Louis
Victor Garrivier ...
Le père de Nina
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La mère de Louis
André Chaumeau ...
Le vieil employé
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M. Blain, le chef du personnel
Ariane Lartéguy ...
Salomé Weyergans
Nicolas Vogel ...
René
Dominique Zardi ...
Gruault, chef des contentieux
Humbert Balsan ...
Jean-Loup
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Louis Coline assists the head of advertising of a department store in decline. He has little to do, but seems content with his marriage to Nina, his visits to his mother and grandmother, and poker games with friends. When new boss Bernard Malair arrives to turn the store around, Louis fears for his job; but Bernard, with his numbers man Paul and his factotum François, invites Louis into an inner circle of long hours of work, nightclubs, and dinners with an androgynous vamp. Nina objects, but Louis cannot say no to Bernard's demands, no matter how personal. In desperation, Nina leaves Louis, but that drives him further into Bernard's orbit. Can anything break this spell? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Pinching
16 March 2006 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

An affair less strange than ominous. Upon confrontation with his new boss, whom he has awaited fearfully because of announcements of his rigor, a small employee gratefully accepts the role as a humble servant without realizing that his whole life is slowly transformed into a sort of "free slavery". He is so eager to participate in the system that he ceases to question any of the strange encounters he has with the boss and his obedient followers. His own life stops and is replace by his position as a puppet. In the end, when everything is gone, he is still incapable of refilling the gaps. A striking study on accommodation and the loss of self.


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