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10 February 1965 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Gordon Heath ... Daniel
Françoise Giret ... Françoise
Aram Stephan ... The Professor
Mag-Avril ... The Concierge
Hervé Watine ... The Guitarist
Fred Carault ... Françoise's Father
Viviane Méry ... Françoise's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Berri
Jacques Champreux
Arlette Didier
Philippe Prince

Directed by
Claude Bernard-Aubert 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Bernard-Aubert 
Jean Rousselot 

Produced by
Claude Bernard-Aubert .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Magne 
Cinematography by
Jean Collomb 
Film Editing by
Claude Bernard-Aubert 
Art Direction by
Jacques D'Ovidio 
Other crew
Stan Borden .... presenter (US dubbed version)

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"Les lâches vivent d'espoir" - France (original title)
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I don't know what to say., 13 June 2015
Author: starfoxfan86

This is a weird movie. It's a mix of romance, art-house, and drama. I wouldn't say exploitation exactly because that would mostly be the title. But even saying all that doesn't help explain much. The way all the scenes fit together is unlike anything else I've seen. The only way to explain the weirdness would be to watch this movie for yourself. You can get a laugh out of this movie if you want. There certainly is enough random scenes, goofy romantic scenarios, and weird artistic moments to get a laugh out of. Like I said, the story is weird (mostly due to the stuff mentioned above) but the title is misleading. The title is clearly meant to draw in American audiences to make them think they're going to see an exploitation film when really it's not. and while the opening scene is the baby's birth, I think the Cinema Snob said it best in "The rest of the movie shows how her baby came to be black". This is a french movie, and I guess it's interesting to see another country's take on race. It also Fortunately manages to not fall into any bad ideals or stereotypes and is certainly well intentioned and does it's best to show love can conquer racism- but it's just weird. I don't know what else to say. It is definitely worth checking out if you enjoy blacksploitation, riffing movies yourself, or even pre civil rights movies on race, even if this is a french film. I can't explain this movie. It simply has to be seen.

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