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La vie d'un honnête homme (1953)

A mean bourgeois meets up with his twin brother again .


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Simon ... Albert Ménard-Lacoste / Alain Ménard-Lacoste
Marguerite Pierry Marguerite Pierry ... Madeleine Lacoste
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Geneviève Lacoste
François Guérin François Guérin ... Pierre Lacoste
Louis de Funès ... Emile, le valet de chambre
Claude Gensac ... Evelyne, la femme de chambre
Marthe Sarbel Marthe Sarbel ... Marie, la cuisinière
Michel Nastorg Michel Nastorg ... Le mécanicien
Léon Walther Léon Walther ... Me Denizot, le notaire
André Brunot André Brunot ... Dr. Ogier
Pauline Carton ... La patronne de l'hôtel
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... Le chauffeur de taxi (as G. Bever)
Max Dejean Max Dejean ... Le gargotier
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le commissaire Vincent
Jacqueline Gut Jacqueline Gut ... Une mercière


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 dbdumonteil

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Release Date:

18 February 1953 (France) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Le chanteur: Even if you're your worst enemy / Sick of yourself / Sick of your daily lot / You can't spend your whole life / Throwing yourself into the water.
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Ballade en Si Bémol
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Sacha Guitry
Performed by Marcel Mouloudji
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Marvellous Michel Simon
7 August 2014 | by Bob TaylorSee all my reviews

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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