A wealthy young banker, bored with his lifestyle, visits a café in the
Latin Quarter of Paris to mingle with the students from the Sorbonne.
He meets a girl and pretends to be a struggling artist so that he can
move into a room in the same boarding house.
"Quartier Latin" is a drab romantic comedy, poorly written, lazily
directed and badly acted by almost all involved. Bernard Lancret is a
particularly charmless romantic lead. Even Jean Tissier, a prolific and
generally reliable character actor, is at a loss here (though he
appears to be enjoying himself in the scene in which he massages
Lancret's naked back). I might have found something more positive to
say about this film if it had actually been shot on location in the
Latin Quarter instead of on obvious studio sets which capture nothing
of the flavour of that district, nor of student life.
A forgotten French film of the late 1930s which reminds us that not
everything that came out of that Golden Age was a masterpiece.
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