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The Possessors (1958)

Les grandes familles (original title)
Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Noël Schoudler
... Adéle Schoudler
... François Schoudler
... Jacqueline Schoudler
Patrick Millow ... Jean-Noël Schoulder
... Gérard de La Monnerie
... Le général Robert de La Monnerie
Françoise Delbart ... Isabelle de La Monnerie
Louis Seigner ... Raoul Leroy
... Pierre Leroy
Jean Ozenne ... Professeur Lartois
... Simon Lachaume
... Lucien Maublanc
... Le père de Lesquendieu
... Canet
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Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself.

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A study in mores sometimes severe, always caustic - tracing the relations of protagonist to another, the way they live, the way they calculate, in this trenchant, psychological drama of the fall of an imperious, ruthless heart of a dynasty...

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Father and son
19 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Jean Gabin (Noël Schoudler) is like a family-president in this movie by Denys de La Patellière based on a novel by Maurice Druon. His son François (Jean Desailly) is not competent to direct the family-business (a sugar factory), the banks, the press-company, or is he? At his opposite Simon, his future son-in-law (Bernard Blier) is the right hand of Schoudler and acts as Schoudler supposes an intelligent man does. At the end of the movie Lucien Maublanc, the nephew of Schoudler and driven by 20-years hate of him (Lucien is played by a magnificent Pierre Brasseur) shouts at his brokers in the Stock Exchange: "C'est bien la famille!". Schoudler will make a mistake of judgment about his son with fatal consequences... This family-tragedy is told with the skill of a director who knows how to bring a novel into a movie.


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