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In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he. She departs with a shepherd the night after Aimable produces his first breads. Aimable is so afflicted that he can not work anymore. Therefore, the villagers, who initially laughed at his cuckoldry, take the matter very seriously (they want the bread) and organize a plan to find Aurelie and to bring her back to the bakery.Written by
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for audience looking for any semblance of a progressive message apropos of a young woman's sexual awakening, THE BAKER'S WIFE is a lost cause
This classic French comedy from Marcel Pagnol is set in a sleepy Provençal village, a new baker Aimable (Raimu) arrives with his much younger wife Aurélie (Leclerc), 5 days in, the latter runs away with the virile shepherd Dominique (Moulin), which leaves the baker devastated, who always considers his wife distinctly asexual, thus is unable to prepare the daily bread for the townsfolk. Mustered by the marquis (Charpin) and the curé (Vattier), the whole village goes out to look for the carnal-knowledge obsessed lovers, when the wife finally returns, a moral tirade is delivered vehemently but in a cunningly oblique fashion by the baker, and once again, peace is resumed in the sleep village.
Noticeably engaging in the location shooting, THE BAKER'S WIFE continues Pagnol's literacy of melding realism and theatrics against the routine studio-bound stock-in-trade, although visibly, the camera movement feels a shade stilted during the exterior scenes, which might also be attributed to the fact that the movie is consisted of a series of long-winded......
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