A young mechanic is given a strange job: to convey the king of the gypsies' embalmed dead body on a very long route.

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Shabbas - le chef des gitans du Nord
Blanchette Brunoy ...
Germaine
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François Ledru - un jeune garagiste
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Courbassié - le conseiller des gitans du Sud (as Charpin)
Marguerite Moreno ...
La veuve du roi
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Acho
Mila Parély ...
Madame Dupont
Jean Parédès ...
Ernest
Charles Lemontier ...
Le père de Germaine
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Thérèse Ambert
Edmond Beauchamp ...
Un gitan
Robert Berri ...
Un pompiste
Georges Bever ...
Le contröleur
Jean-Marie Boyer
Olivier Darrieux
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François is a mechanic in love with the garage owner's daughter,Germaine .A mysterious man, Monsieur Shabbas, hires him as a truck driver.The young man marvels at the brand new white vehicle.Much to his surprise ,he has to convey the king of the gypsies' embalmed dead body on a strange itinerary:it encompasses all the French roads the late monarch has traveled on in his lifetime.It won't be exactly restful,for,all along the road,strange enemies put a spoke in his wheel. Written by dbdumonteil

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Le Salaire De La Sueur.
27 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

It was all the more surprising that Leo Joannon should choose a screenplay dealing with the gypsies in 1943 occupied France since they were persecuted by the Nazis :see for that matter Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro " (2009) in which gypsies were played by real ones.

Here the gypsy king's heir is played by Jules Berry and his widow by Marguerite Moreno,both marvelous actors though.

François (François Périer) is a mechanic in love with the garage owner's daughter,Germaine(Blanchette Brunoy) .A mysterious man, Monsieur Shabbas(Berry), hires him as a truck driver.The young man marvels at the brand new white vehicle.Much to his surprise ,he has to convey the king of the gypsies' embalmed dead body on a strange itinerary:it encompasses all the French roads the late monarch traveled on in his lifetime.It won't be exactly restful,for,all along the road,strange enemies put a spoke in his wheel.It's actually a fight against the northern gypsies whose chief is none other than Shabbas and the southern ones ,abetted by Charpin!Along the eventful travel, false signposts , shortage of diesel oil,the precious white truck gets even stuck in the sands near the Mont Saint Michel!They have to call upon the elephants ' service.And the Périer/Peredès/Moreno threesome rises to the occasion.

The beginning of the movie is strange indeed : Shabbas is looking for a young man , born on the 21st of August at noon ,a virgin (?)lad who has never killed .Maybe the screenwriters let the cat out of the bag too soon, but this road movie retains a certain charm,a sense of mystery :although not played by gypsies,these quasi-secret ceremonies are decidedly bewitching,without becoming ridiculous ,like Joannon's Christian movies of the fifties.


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