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Les malheurs de Sophie (1946)

Sophie de Réan, an unruly mischievous little girl grows up under the thumb of Mademoiselle, her strict governess. Following her mother's death, she is entrusted to Mme de Fleurville, her ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Madeleine Rousset ...
Marguerite Moreno ...
Paul d'Auber
La révolutionnaire
André Alerme ...
Le préfet Hugon
Jean Daurand ...
Antoine Blaise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René Bourbon
José Conrad ...
Paul Dagan ...
Le prêtre
Liane Daydé ...
Andrée de Chauveron ...
La préfète Hugon
Robert Demorget ...
Antoine Blaise enfant
Arlette du Sire
Serge Emrich ...
Paul d'Auber enfant


Sophie de Réan, an unruly mischievous little girl grows up under the thumb of Mademoiselle, her strict governess. Following her mother's death, she is entrusted to Mme de Fleurville, her aunt, who at the same time hires Mademoiselle to further Sophie's education. A few years later, the little girl has blossomed into a lovely young lady. She is now in love with Paul, her cousin, who, unlike her, used to be a model child. Unfortunately Mademoiselle will not hear of a union between them. Instead she wants Sophie to marry Armand, the conceited son of Prefect Hugon. To make matters worse, Paul, the good boy, unexpectedly turns into a revolutionary, who defends the Republic on the barricades against Louis Napoléon's coup. Not being one of the victors, Paul is forced into exile. Will Sophie finally yield and accept the established order or will she react in her usual rebellious way and follow the one she loves ? Written by Guy Bellinger

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3 April 1946 (France)  »

Also Known As:

De getemde geliefde  »

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Sophie's choice
8 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Given the very poor users ' rating and given the fact that only a 70 min copy is available ,it's doubtful people might want to see Jacqueline Audry's take on a child's book which is a classic in France (in Russia I was told the young students who learn French frequently read the Comtesse de Segur's book, for this writer was born a Russian).

The credits read "inspired by Segur's novel" so don't expect a faithful academic adaptation.Actually only the first twenty-five minutes come directly from the original story.The book was not that easy to transfer to the screen for it's not a linear story.Jacqueline Audry,instead of treating the chapters one after another-as Jean-Claude Brialy did in his late seventies listless adaptation-,blended several episodes :the doll,the tea,the donkey,etc .She added one character ,Mademoiselle (Marguerite Moreno),who epitomizes authority ,punishment and submission.Madame de Rean ,a not very kind character in the novel,became a sweet mother ,under Mademoiselle's thumb.

Jacqueline Audry,and it's the first thing to bear in mind,was the only

French female director of the fifties.It was long before Agnes Varda .Only Ida Lupino dared to do what she did ,and like Lupino,her main subject was woman and early feminism.It makes her work all the more precious to us now.I loved Segur's novels but they were reactionary to the core.

Hence the second part which happens when Sophie has become an adult.It is probably the reason why people hate this movie.Cousin Paul,the virtuous boy,has turned into a revolutionary man,on the 1848 barricades .Sophie's mother being dead,Mademoiselle wants her to marry a notable's son.Audry's Sophie wants to venture off the beaten track.When she was a child,she was already a rebel.Unlike Segur's character she will not quiet down when she grows up.Audry laughs at the perfect little girls and their ridiculous song .The last picture is a transparent metaphor of woman's lib well before it's become trendy as well as a spoof on the Prince Charming myth.

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