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Macadam (1946)

Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mme. Rose
... Simone
... Gisele
... Victor Menard
... François
Félix Oudart ... L'Hertier
... Marvejouis
... Marcel, le coiffeur
Georges Bever ... Armand
Jeannette Batti ... Mona (as Janette Batti)
Simone Max
André Nicard ... Le voleur de draps
François Joux ... Un inspecteur
Marcelle Rexiane ... La patronne du bistro
Richard Francoeur ... Le maître d'hotel
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Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a suspended sentence, she now indulges in smuggling. One day, Victor, one of her former accomplices hounded by the police, finds sanctuary with her. During a drinking spree, he has the bad idea to entrust to her a suitcase filled with bank notes, a loot with which Victor hopes to rebuild his life in South America. But Rose, lured by temptation, betrays Victor, who is arrested by the police. However, he manages to escape with only one thing in mind, to take revenge on Rose... Written by Guy Bellinger

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JACQUES FEYDER creator of "Carnival in Flanders" and "Portrait of a Woman" presents the last of his distinguished films portraying the moral and ethical fiber of the French people.

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27 November 1946 (France)  »

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Back Streets of Paris  »

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12 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Françoise Rosay (Rose) runs a seedy hotel. She is tall, large and takes no nonsense. She has a pretty sound moral compass and a healthy philosophy when it comes to ripping people off. She absolutely loves it and makes sure it works for her. No goody-two shoes lifestyle for her. Unlike her dominated daughter Andrée Clément (Simone) who helps run the hotel by doing the menial jobs and wants her mum to be good and do the correct thing. Not her style, I'm afraid. Into this hotel enters old acquaintance Paul Meurisse (Victor) who is on the run on his way to Chile with a stash of cash. He goes out and leaves the money in the care of Rosay. Bad move.

This film has comic moments, funny dialogue, dramatic scenes and has you rooting for Rosay. Will she get away with her scams? The cast are good although Meurisse doesn't cut it as a killer to be feared. He's more of a weasel to be bumped off.

The film has a peculiar moral in that it seems ok to bump people off if the police feel it is justified. No questions asked. I'm not saying it's wrong - it's a technique they use themselves today when it comes to terrorist activities. None of this political correctness about catching the perpetrators alive. Shoot them dead. Blam. Then walk away. Good for them.


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