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La chaleur du sein (1938)

Eighteen-year-old Gilbert Quercy has tried to commit suicide and has been sent to hospital. Nobody is surprised there when his mother comes to visit him but the nurse cannot believe her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Quercy
Bernadette Mezin
Raoul Dalaciaud - le patron de Gilbert (as Larquey)
Gilbert Quercy
Jeanne Lion ...
Jane Loury ...
Augustine (as Jane Lory)
Monique Joyce ...
Joan Bouvreuil
Gisèle Préville ...
La jeune fille
Andrée Prévot ...
La jolie passagère
Henri Vilbert ...
Le barman du paquebot (as Henri Vilbert)
Pierre Gillier
G. Harrous
Rittner ...
(as M. Rittner)


Eighteen-year-old Gilbert Quercy has tried to commit suicide and has been sent to hospital. Nobody is surprised there when his mother comes to visit him but the nurse cannot believe her eyes when a second mother, and - even more astounding - a third one, present themselves to comfort the young patient. The reason for this is that Michel Quercy, Gilbert's father, a fanciful egyptologist always away from home, married four different women. Gilbert is the son he had with his first wife but the boy was raised by his three successive other wives after his biological mum died in childbirth. Following their conversation with Gilbert, the three "mothers" are convinced that Michel and his refusal to take his responsibilities as a father are the root of the problem. As a result, they decide to join forces in order to make the disgraceful father change his ways... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama





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3 November 1938 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Le tre mogli di papà  »

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1.37 : 1
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Cast out the threes...
2 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

...and you'll understand that three mothers do not replace a good father.If you think it's misogyny ,you miss the point.The screenplay puts the blame on the absent father.

They often say Jean Boyer was a drudge ,but there are ,in his huge production (about 40 or 50 films) ,now and then,some entertaining comedies,the best of which remaining his priceless "Circonstances Attenuantes" featuring Michel Simon and Arletty who had teamed up the year before for "la Chaleur du Sein".

"La chaleur du Sein" is a gleeful mess ,a cock-and-bull story involving a self-conscious boy,his three mothers (his biological one died when he was born),his father, an Egyptologist on his way back home on a luxury liner ,an old English spinster who is crazy about him, table tennis,hieroglyphs, an idiotic song ("the little pigs " a ditty which might be double-entendre for people with a dirty mind),you name it.

Michel Simon and Arletty have only one or two scenes together,that's the biggest disappointment of an entertaining movie.Historian Jean Tulard told that Boyer could have been a great director ,had he forgotten the cash register .His film has sometimes strange accents ,it even verges on tragedy:his young hero committed suicide (but he failed) ,and his best friend (François Périer in a single scene) lost both his father and his mother when he was seven.And the fact that he has to get used to three different (over-possessive) mothers has a strange contemporary feel,in our times when one gets married and gets divorced at the speed of sound.

Marguerite Moreno almost steals the show from Arletty,in her part of the wealthy English woman who sticks like a leech.

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