Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working very hard a few more years, she succeeds in buying her own laundry (her dream)... But Coupeau starts to drink after having fallen from a roof, and Lantier shows up... A faithful adaptation of Emile Zola's novel "L'Assomoir", depicting the fatal degeneration of a family of workers, mainly because of alcohol.
Winner at the Venice, Berlin and Tokyo Film Festivals
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GERVAISE won Best Film, and Francois Perier in GERVAISE won Best Foreign Actor, at the 10th British Film Awards in 1957, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) that honored the best films of 1956. See more
Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse
Morning came and he still hadn't returned. He'd been out all night. It was the first time. I was so proud to have the handsomest guy around, me, the gimp.
The original French version is much more risque than the heavily edited US version in at least one scene and probably others: the scene where Maria Schell has a catfight with Suzy Delair, which ends with Schell spanking Delair with a wooden paddle, is much more explicit in the French version which includes scenes of Suzy Delairs' bare behind getting whacked. See more
Version of Alcohol and Its Victims
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Schell See more