MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,486 this week

May Fools (1990)
"Milou en mai" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  July 1990 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,673 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 14 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (scenario)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 23 Jan 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 20 Jun 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 6 months ago
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "May Fools" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: May Fools (1990)

May Fools (1990) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of May Fools.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pretty Baby (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in the early decades of America, only to know her body is for bounty.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer
Calcutta (1969)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With minimal narration by the director and very little context this is a kaleidoscope of stunning visuals from Calcutta, a city of 8,000,000 in the late 1960's: rich and poor, exotic and ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Louis Malle
Vive le tour (1962)
Documentary | Short | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A short documentary about the 1962 Tour-de-France. Topics covered include: crowds of people and motorcycles, drinking raids and feeding, pileups, doping, "the charge," and the mountain ...

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jean Bobet
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After getting screwed over by life (again), two losers decide that enough is enough. Using stolen ski masks and stolen toy guns, they take hostages in their local bank, holding them for ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Jugnot, Anémone
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his ... See full summary »

Directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon
Close Up (1976)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary portrait of Dominique Sanda, the fashion model-cum-actress who became an international star and sex symbol with the release of Robert Bresson's "Une Femme Douce" (1969).

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Dominique Sanda
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Directors: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle
Stars: Frédéric Dumas, Albert Falco, Jacques-Yves Cousteau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Christophe Chiesa
Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Laurence Perrot, Sophie Gourp
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This sweet musical takes us on a cross-country trip through Senegal, from Dakar to Saint Louis in a battered taxi, as passengers sing their stories.

Director: Dyana Gaye
Stars: Umban Gomez de Kset, Mbègne Kassé, Anne Jeanine Barboza
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Dominique Sanda
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Camille
...
Milou
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Georges
Bruno Carette ...
Grimaldi
Paulette Dubost ...
Mrs. Vieuzac
...
Lily
Martine Gautier ...
Adele
Rozenne Le Tallec ...
Marie-Laure
Jeanne Herry ...
Françoise (as Jeanne Herry-Leclerc)
Renaud Danner ...
Pierre-Alain
...
Daniel
...
Claire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Angeloff ...
Adele's fiancé
Anne-Marie Bonange ...
Neighbor
Marcel Bories ...
Leonce
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

May Fools  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,576,702 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #5.2 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Prélude: 'Général Lavine' Eccentric
Music by Claude Debussy (as Debussy)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
the foolish charm of the Bourgeoisie
5 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's easy to understand why the late Louis Malle was such a respected filmmaker after seeing this comedy of manners, inspired (again) by the director's own childhood memories. The film begins when a grandmother's death in the spring of 1968 reunites three generations of family at a country estate in southern France. But their mingled grief and affection is soon overshadowed by news of the student riots in faraway Paris, and their already fragile bourgeois equilibrium is unbalanced by the distant echoes of uninhibited anarchy. The parallels between the family crisis and the world at large are obvious, but rarely has a corpse lying in state been surrounded by so much activity: private longings, public declarations, old resentments and new romances are all given sudden priority over preparations for the old woman's burial. Consistently graceful, often surprising, the film is an affectionate valentine from Malle to the extended family of his youth, and a gift to discriminating movie audiences during a long, dry summer.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss May Fools (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?