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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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Wonderful, wise, sly comedy/drama about life, aging and being oneself
14 July 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Sweet, simple, moving, funny, well acted French film of old woman 'finding' herself after her husband's death, and the struggle her family has in accepting and dealing with the new her.

Quietly subversive, it's based on a story by Brecht.

While we're set up to expect a tragic tale of an old woman widowed and alone, instead we're treated to a wonderfully life affirming saga of how it's never too late to change, to grow, and to become young in spirit.

Great theme song, too.

The saddest thing is that such a wonderful (and well loved) film is so hard to find. This best I've been able to do is a truly bad quality VHS tape from some years back. This minor classic is worthy of far better.

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