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The Wretches (1960)

Les scélérats (original title)
A dysfunctional American couple in Paris grieving over the loss of their son hire a maid who falls for the husband.

Director:

Robert Hossein

Writers:

Frédéric Dard (novel), Robert Hossein (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Thelma Rooland
Robert Hossein ... Jess Rooland
Olivier Hussenot Olivier Hussenot ... Arthur Martin
Jacqueline Morane Jacqueline Morane ... Adeline Martin
Perrette Pradier ... Louise Martin
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia
Barbara Brandt Barbara Brandt
Ivan Dominique Ivan Dominique
Jacqueline Fontel Jacqueline Fontel
Cady Muller Cady Muller
Roland Monk Roland Monk
Kate Noelle Kate Noelle
Donald O'Brien
Robert Porte Robert Porte
Pierre Roussel Pierre Roussel
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A dysfunctional American couple in Paris grieving over the loss of their son hire a maid who falls for the husband.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 May 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De ryggesløse See more »

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Mono
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Robert Hossein performs the voice over as Georges Ivanoff. See more »

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Suspense De L'Arrivée
Written and Performed by André Hossein
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film noir cum new wave bore.
15 July 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The Robert Hossein/Frédéric Dard collaboration has often been fruitful:"toi le venin" and the overlooked "monte-charge" were interesting if minor successful films noirs.Such is not the case here.

"Les scélérats" ("the villains")casts Hossein and Morgan as American people living in France after their child's death in a car accident.They are not credible because they speak French without the slightest yankee accent.Robert Hossein barely utters one sentence in English,anyway!This wealthy couple dwells in a luxury house;across the street ,lives a French poor couple whose girl is hired as a maid by the posh people.Then the screenplay never gets off the ground.Morgan drinks ,drinks and drinks again to forget,Hossein suffers and the maid watches and of course falls in love with..well you guess it!

It's 1960,folks,and the new wave happened!So there's the obligatory endless party where the guests drink,dance and kiss,filmed in a "modern" way (see "la notte" and "l'avventura" (Antonioni) "les cousins" (Chabrol) and even "les tricheurs "(Carné)).

This is a very disappointing bore.Besides, a voice-over comments on everything the characters do,as if the audience is not able to fathom the profoundness of their psychology.


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