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Desperate Decision (1952)

La jeune folle (original title)
1922:Irish Revolution.Catherine, a servant in a convent ,goes to Dublin to meet up with her young brother in danger.


Yves Allégret


Catherine Beauchamp (short story), Jacques Sigurd


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Credited cast:
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Catherine
Henri Vidal ... Steve
Nicolas Vogel Nicolas Vogel ... Tom (as Nic Vogel)
Maurice Ronet ... Jim
Jean Debucourt ... A Mysterious Man
Michèle Cordoue Michèle Cordoue ... Mary
Jacqueline Porel Jacqueline Porel ... Mother Superior
Marcel Journet Marcel Journet ... Police Chief Donovan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... La voyageuse
Joëlle Bernard Joëlle Bernard ... La femme ivre
Georges Chamarat Georges Chamarat ... Le chef de gare
Marcel Charvey Marcel Charvey ... Policeman
Lolita De Silva Lolita De Silva ... Soeur Ruth
Jacques Dynam ... Le consommateur
Paule Emanuele Paule Emanuele


1922:Irish Revolution.Catherine, a servant in a convent goes to Dublin to meet up with her young brother supposedly in jeopardy.She makes Steve 's acquaintance ,this man is actually her brother's murderer,but she does know it.She swears she'll avenge her sibling;a revolutionary leader persuades her to kill the head of the police.Steve tells her the truth. Written by dbdumonteil

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1 October 1952 (France) See more »

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Desperate Decision See more »

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Hoche Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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A scandal this one not yet restored
28 May 2015 | by mla195See all my reviews

Just read the opinion of our most prolific and usually excellent reviewer of french films and for once I felt in absolute disagreement and actually quite surprised at his harsh judgment on this rare and curious film of Yves Allégret.

To my knowledge it has not been restored for DVD and the only available source is an old René Château VHS itself made from a very poor copy. It certainly does not help to appreciate the great quality of cinematography of 'La Jeune Folle', an Allégret's trademark.

OK the story is rather weird and Irish people speak french, but so what ? Who can seriously think the film was intended as a documentary on the Irish insurrection ? Certainly not the director, nor the unbiased critics of his effort.

First and overall 'La Jeune Folle' is a superior demonstration of acting by Danièle Delorme. Should be sufficient to rate it as a classic. Supporting actors are good to excellent as Gabrielle Fontan playing an old nun far more nuts than the 'Jeune Folle' (mad young woman) who is an orphan exploited as a servant in a convent.

The film will also stay in memory for its extremely strong last sequences when a IRA member (Vidal) is tracked down by kids for the reward offered by the Brits. That treason can come from supposedly innocent Irish kids is already transgressive, it is made further scary by kids dressed up for Halloween wearing masks.

Definitely in wait for restoration.

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