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La vieille dame indigne (1965)

The shameless old lady ate the bread of life till its last crumbs .


René Allio


René Allio (screenplay), Bertolt Brecht (short story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvie ... Madame Berthe Bertini
Malka Ribowska Malka Ribowska ... Rosalie (as Malka Ribovska)
Etienne Bierry Etienne Bierry ... Albert
Victor Lanoux ... Pierre
Jean Bouise ... Alphonse
Jean-Louis Lamande Jean-Louis Lamande ... Charles
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... Ernest - le patron du Zanzibar
Pascale de Boysson Pascale de Boysson ... Simone
François Maistre François Maistre ... Gaston
Robert Bousquet Robert Bousquet ... Robert
Lena Delanne Lena Delanne ... Victoire
Jeanne Hardeyn Jeanne Hardeyn ... Rose
Pierre Decazes Pierre Decazes ... Charlot
André Thorent André Thorent ... Dufour
Edmund Dantez Edmund Dantez ... (as Edmond Dantès)


A sixty-something woman became a widow .All her life,she had been cooking ,washing and taking care of her family.A woman's work is never done.So she decided she would live for herself: she would go to the pictures ,she would buy a car and that's exactly what she did. Bertold Brecht told us so:she had two lives:the first one was a long busy one,the second one was very short;but she ate the bread of life till its last crumbs . Written by dbdumonteil

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24 March 1965 (France) See more »

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very good ensemble acting, touching cross generational film
26 July 2003 | by petertorSee all my reviews

I saw this film in Paris in its original release at 20 years of age, and it has always stayed with me. If the film has a message, it might be to live life with dignity, in spite of the weaknesses of others and your own burdens, and when the chance presents itself to live it to its fullest. The movie's ending, when we see the photos of Sylvie "en vacances", is as poignant as I have experienced.

Now if I can only find out where to rent it, to enjoy it again.

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