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Louis de Funès,
Albert Ménard-Lacoste is a despicable mean stingy bourgeois who lives with his missus and his offspring.In his mind ,he is an honest man .Enter his twin,Alain ,who is the opposite of his brother:he's been away for a long time,he's a semi-hobo,he has traveled around the world .Albert was so ashamed of his sibling he told his wife he was dead. Will the prodigal brother settle everything ?Thanks to Alain ,will Albert change , be a true honest man,and fall in love again with his spouse?Written by
If you are looking for virtuosic direction--fast cutting, swooping camera work and the like--don't bother with this. Visually the style is a bit clumsy; some scenes run on too long and the sets can be a little skimpy. If great acting from the star is what you want, then you'll get it here. Simon is terrific, just as good as he'd been in Panique in 1946. The contrast between bourgeois respectable Albert and rough-hewn Alain (just back from Canada, where he'd done prison time for some indiscretion) is beautifully well-drawn. Imagine a man who tells everybody that his twin brother died at 18 because he's ashamed of him, then imagine all the compromises he's had to make, all the hypocrisy he's had to live with over more than three decades: that's Albert, and Simon brings this out superbly. The other actors support the star capably. It was great to see Louis de Funes when he had a full head of hair, and Claude Gensac before she became matronly.
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