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La récréation (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 February 1961 (France)
A young American girl at a French boarding school develops a crush on an egotistical sculptor living next door. One night, driving in a drunken stupor, he runs over and kills a man, and she witnesses it.
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Cast overview:
Jean Seberg ... Kate Hoover
Christian Marquand ... Philippe
Françoise Prévost ... Anne de Limeuil (as Françoise Prevost)
Evelyne Ker Evelyne Ker ... Kate's Friend
Simone France Simone France
Robert Le Fort Robert Le Fort
Joëlle LaTour Joëlle LaTour ... (as Joelle Latour)
Michel Lemoing Michel Lemoing
Agnès Rivière Agnès Rivière
Frédérique Villedent Frédérique Villedent ... (as Frederique Villendent)
Colette Colas Colette Colas
Dominique Valensi Dominique Valensi
Paulette Dubost ... Anne's Maid
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Kate, an American at a Parisian boarding school, faces the moral and ethical choices of adulthood. Looking over the wall of her school, she becomes fascinated with a sculptor next door, and she begins a flirtation. Although he needs little encouragement, his mistress urges him to seduce the lass and contrives to leave the two together. The same week this cat-and-mouse game begins, Kate witnesses an early morning hit and run road accident in which a soldier is killed. She doesn't see the car's driver, whom we know to be the sculptor, but the car is distinctive. What will she do when she finds out he was the driver? Will she call off the affair and call in the cops? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 February 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Play See more »

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Elite Films See more »
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Mono
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Jean Seberg referred to this film as her "farewell present" to François Moreuil, the film's director and her first husband. They were divorced shortly after filming was completed. See more »

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Referenced in The Secret Cinema (1968) See more »

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Low budget follow-up to Breathless, for Seberg fans only.
6 August 1999 | by barnowlSee all my reviews

Jean Seberg, after bombing in Otto Preminger's St. Joan, had her greatest success playing an American in Paris in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. In the same year (after, not before, Breathless) she was directed by her husband, Francois Moreuil, in this film (La Recreation, aka Love Play, aka Playtime). Again she plays an American abroad, but this time an innocent one (a boarding school student), who is attracted to a next-door sculpture. He and his mistress are painted as decadent, and he has committed a hit-and-run. The affair ends in crashing disillusionment for the Seberg character. My copy was very streaky, as most probably are. I am borrowing some here from "Played Out, the Jean Seberg Story" by David Richards (1981, out of print). The film is very dated - I would recommended it only to Jean Seberg fans.


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