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Les assassins du dimanche (1956)

Robert Simonet (Jean-Marc Thibault), a hard-working but good-hearted little garage owner, has spent a hard night on fixing in due time a car which he then has to tow away from the road in ... See full summary »


Alex Joffé


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Laage ... Simone Simonet
Dominique Wilms ... Ginette Garcet
Jean-Marc Thibault Jean-Marc Thibault ... Robert Simonet
Paul Frankeur ... Lucien Simonet
Georges Poujouly ... Julot
Rosy Varte Rosy Varte ... Marie Simonet
Guy Decomble Guy Decomble ... Le brigadier
René Alone René Alone
Louis Bugette Louis Bugette ... (as Henri Bugette)
Solange Certain Solange Certain ... Marinette
Jami Blanc Jami Blanc ... (as Jami-Blanc)
Marie-Laurence Marie-Laurence
François Marie François Marie
Jean Martin Jean Martin
Jacques Micaeli Jacques Micaeli


Robert Simonet (Jean-Marc Thibault), a hard-working but good-hearted little garage owner, has spent a hard night on fixing in due time a car which he then has to tow away from the road in the early hours of this Saturday, completely wrecked in a crash by its careless speed-crazy driver. Upset by this event and by the coming cycle race where he is a favorite, he miss the German patrons who are back to take their car. They leave the town, but the direction of their Mercedes is not thoroughly repaired. And now, Robert is torn apart : shall he go to the police to have them calling back the German tourists, to the cost of the cycling race and of his reputation as a skilled mechanic? He does... but the police keeps him in custody, and the Germans seem to be now unreachable... Written by Didier Fort

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20 July 1956 (France) See more »

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Every Second Counts See more »

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Fast car
4 August 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Alex Joffé's career is overlooked today and however ,most of his films are interesting :"Six Heures A Perdre" has an unexpected final twist,which was not common in 1946,"FOrtunat' and "Pas Question Le Samedi "display a friendly look at the Jews ;"Les Fanatiques" is a suspenseful disaster movie before the seventies trend ,and all happens in real time.

Unity of time is also present in "Les Assassins Du Dimanche",the action of which takes place in about 24 hours .

A garage owner (Jean -Marc Thibault,cast against type,for he is known as a comic actor) has to repair a German couple's Mercedes;alas they leave before the mechanic and his apprentice over-tighten the nuts of the steering rod.

The suspense is purely psychological:no real "assassin" ,but an average man's reaction to an event which may cause a tragedy;panic-stricken ,the garage owner lies to his apprentice (played by Young Georges Poujouly,known around the world as the boy in 'Jeux Interdits" (= forbidden games))but it does not fool the youngster a single minute;his self-interested unscrupulous brother tries to buy his wife off.The Office Catholique Du Cinema" praised the movie:the positive intervention of the priest fits well in the screenplay,particularly in the scene in the police station,where the mechanic's little boy brings a whole lot of emotion.

Joffé does not blame the German driver straight out;and nevertheless ,we feel that his driving at a dizzying speed -at a time when there was no speed limit!-,and his careless attitude -and those of his passengers- are as dangerous for the others as the threatening nut;his pictures ,without a voice over ,show that he does not approve of these would be ace drivers doing so.

"Les Assassins Du Dimanche" deals with responsibility,a subject with is still relevant today;give it a chance.

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