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May Fools (1990)

Milou en mai (original title)
R | | Comedy, Romance | July 1990 (USA)
Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Camille
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Milou
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Georges
Bruno Carette ...
Grimaldi
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Mrs. Vieuzac
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Lily
Martine Gautier ...
Adele
Rozenne Le Tallec ...
Marie-Laure
Jeanne Herry ...
Françoise (as Jeanne Herry-Leclerc)
Renaud Danner ...
Pierre-Alain
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Daniel
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Claire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Angeloff ...
Adele's fiancé
Anne-Marie Bonange ...
Neighbor
Marcel Bories ...
Leonce
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Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde keeps turning up the volume of the radio for the latest news. A deceased sister's interest in the estate is represented by a niece who is an antique dealer, who is most interested in grandmother's emerald ring that Milou's daughter Camille has already slipped on her finger. A non-relative, a truck driver who can't deliver his load of tomatoes in Paris, brings a nephew who was part of the uprising. Everyone is on strike and the matriarch can't be buried. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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$1,576,702 (USA)
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Trivia

Jeanne Herry, who plays Françoise (the little girl) is the real-life daughter of Miou-Miou. In 2014 she directed her first feature film, 'Elle l'adore', starring Sandrine Kiberlain and Laurent Lafitte. See more »

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Prélude: 'Général Lavine' Eccentric
Music by Claude Debussy
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A feast of emotions ...
17 April 2000 | by (Harrogate, England) – See all my reviews

Milou en Mai finds the aging Louis Malle at his most wickedly wistful, directing mischievous set pieces and ultimately expressing nervous laughter at his own mortality. Made more in the traditions of British farce than the traditional French 'sophistication', in being set to the background of the 60's union unrest and student riots, the film keeps a subtle check on the ridiculous. Examining death, family relationships, marital relationships, extra-marital relationships and the different ways people perceive their lot in life, Milou en Mai has something for everyone: farcical comedy, beautiful cinematography, perceptive commentary, delightful anecdotes (I'm thinking of the opening bee-keeper scene and crab-catching in the river) and fantastic 'Hot Club de France' bowing and strumming. This film is one of my all time favourites - gentle, intelligent, sensitive fun - highly recommended.


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