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Le zèbre (1992)

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Can one ensure immortal love? Hippolyte, an eccentric notary, sees his marriage to Camille as his one great success. He also believes that love doesn't last, and this flummoxes him as they ... See full summary »

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Hippolyte Pecheral
Caroline Cellier ...
Camille
Christian Pereira ...
Grégoire
Annie Grégorio ...
Marie-Louise
François Dyrek ...
Alphonse
Carine Lemaire ...
Nathalie
Walter Allouch ...
Laurent
Brigitte Chamarande ...
Anne
Jean-Marie Cornille ...
David
Samuel Labarthe ...
Nogaret
Philippe Khorsand ...
Casenave
Maurice Illouz ...
Durieux
Colette Bergé ...
Madame Mourleau
Pierre Gallon ...
Le proviseur
Laurent Hennequin ...
Bonnange
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Can one ensure immortal love? Hippolyte, an eccentric notary, sees his marriage to Camille as his one great success. He also believes that love doesn't last, and this flummoxes him as they approach their 15th anniversary. To test her love for him, he promotes her seduction by an anonymous stranger, behaves badly to guests, makes love clumsily, sleeps in the guest room. All this breaks her spirit, and she asks him to move. It's devastating to Hippolyte, Camille, and their two sweet children, but he persists; he can't seem to shake this humour. Then, they reconcile and depart on a second honeymoon. Is this a renewal of domestic bliss or a an interlude in Hippolyte's mad design? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Le Zèbre-This film about 'marriage' is the only film directed by noted actor Jean Poiret.
4 August 2013 | by (Cinema of the world / World Cinema.) – See all my reviews

The divorce rate has risen alarmingly by around 40 per cent in the last decade in France as it is here that more than a third of marriages end in divorce. In such a sorry 'state of affairs' for marriage, it is heartening to note that a film has been made in France which talks about love and marriage and the impact which these concepts have on married people's lives. Le Zèbre/The Oddball is a joy to watch solely due to the presence of actors namely Thierry Lhermitte and Caroline Cellier. About Thierry Lhermitte, it can be said that like Gérard Lanvin before him, he could have been more far more popular as an actor outside of France if more challenging 'thinking man' type of roles had landed on his lap. The same thing can also be said about Caroline Cellier who played an important role in Chabrol's classic "Que La Bête Meure". It is rather unfortunate that not many challenging roles were given to her. It is through these two actors that we get a chance to know more about the status of marriage in French society. French actor/director Jean Poiret and his team of screenwriters ask whether a couple can lead a happy life after 15 years of marriage ? This question is raised as there are times when one gets the feeling that it is difficult to let the same passion of love continue in a marriage. However, despite its noble sense of purpose, this film suffers enormously as its protagonist employs crazy methods to ignite passion in his married life despite having good intentions in his mind.


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