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A Monkey in Winter (1962)

Un singe en hiver (original title)
Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war,... See full summary »

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Henri Verneuil

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Antoine Blondin (novel), François Boyer (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Albert Quentin
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Gabriel Fouquet
Suzanne Flon ... Suzanne Quentin
Gabrielle Dorziat ... Victoria
Hella Petri Hella Petri ... Georgina
Marcelle Arnold Marcelle Arnold ... L'infirmière de la pension / Nurse
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Anne-Marie Coffinet Anne-Marie Coffinet ... Simone
André Dalibert André Dalibert ... Maurice, le brigadier
Hélène Dieudonné ... Joséphine
Geneviève Fontanel Geneviève Fontanel ... Marie-Jo (as Geneviève Fontanel de la Comédie Française)
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Un habitué du café
Sylviane Margollé Sylviane Margollé ... Marie
Lucien Raimbourg Lucien Raimbourg ... Gardiner
Hans Verner Hans Verner ... Le touriste allemand
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Storyline

Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war, Albert comes in contact with Gabriel, a young man prone to heavy bouts with the bottle. Gabriel is conflicted over visiting his young daughter in a nearby school and in a moment of nostalgia, Albert takes off with him on one major binge -- and havoc results. Written by EuropaCorp

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(We Can't Tell What Happened The Morning After...) But Oh! What Happened The Night Before! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Monkey in Winter See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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15th grossing movie of the year in France. See more »

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Very Good As Far As A Typically French Film
21 December 2017 | by John BrooksSee all my reviews

French films often focus on things that are really quite different from the English/American scene. They're a lot about dialog, attitude, and big(mouthed) iconic protagonists - often less about an obvious moral at the end. This film is neither really a comedy nor a drama, it's like that perfect nuance between the two and borrows from both in a very typically French kind of cynical/blasé way.

Instead of a great big moral as most films around the world usually have which they culminate towards, this one has rather a theme that is omnipresent throughout the developments. It's more like an ongoing element of both lead characters' conscience, or rather subconscious - as the synopsis states: the desire to travel. That irresistible urge to discover or rather rediscover a place exotic, festive and foreign; foreign to the boring old daily, routine life.

As referenced in the first line of this review, French films are best when the dialog is best and this one has the right quality for the ambitions of the story and Gabin and Belmondo both do a very good job, Gabin especially as he seems to have been that very character at some point in his life, understands him so well. Such lines as (speaking to his wife, -paraphrasing): "Suzanne tu n'as que des qualités, mais tu m'emmerdes !" - so French in spirit, and a sentence so heavy with significance as it pertains to the sheltered, redundant gentrified "real" life.

Interesting, well acted out, very good dialog, very well paced and filled up: 7.5/10. My own criticism: perhaps the "dream life" is hinted at too much where the film settles for carrying out the events in the plot while not further exploring that strong element of abstract emotion that remains merely underlying and implied.


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