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Yoyo (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 19 February 1965 (France)
A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ... See full summary »


Pierre Étaix


Pierre Étaix (scenario and adaptation), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and adaptation)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Étaix ... Yoyo / le millionaire
Claudine Auger ... Isolina
Philippe Dionnet Philippe Dionnet ... Yoyo enfant
Luce Klein Luce Klein ... L'écuyère
Arthur Allan Arthur Allan
Amédée Amédée
Armand Andrieu Armand Andrieu
Baixas Baixas
Martine de Breteuil Martine de Breteuil ... Madame de Briac
Philippe Castelli Philippe Castelli ... Le domestique (as Castelli)
Luc Delhumeau Luc Delhumeau ... Le douanier
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... La dame au collier
Les Ballets de René Goliard Les Ballets de René Goliard
François Lalande François Lalande
Georges Loriot Georges Loriot ... (as Loriot)


A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When alone, he sits at a desk, sighing, and looking at a photograph of a pretty girl. One day, the circus descended onto his palace, and amidst all the fun it brought, he recognized the Amazon on the white horse - the girl in the photograph. The girl is now the mother of a small boy, Yo-Yo, whom she considers that looks like the millionaire, even under a clown's make-up. The boy will spend some time in the palace, in awe of so much riches, but he will leave (in a dream-like scene) on the tusks of the elephant. Time passes - and one day Yo-Yo will be the owner of his father's palace in decay. Starting from scratch, he will rebuilt it, and be praised as a great clown, an artist, a film-maker, a millionaire. Yet, something is amiss... Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

19 February 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo Yo See more »

Filming Locations:

Auray, Morbihan, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

C.A.P.A.C. See more »
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| (restored)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was awarded the 1965 Grand Prix Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, and the First Prize of the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual (OCIC) at the Venice Film Festival. See more »


Isolina: How do you come up with gags?
Yoyo: Oh, I don't know. I watch, I observe.
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50% enchanting, 50% tedious
26 February 2019 | by BarbouzesSee all my reviews

Growing up in France, I always heard of Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix in the same breath: critical successes, commercial failures. This is the first time I am actually seeing an Etaix movie (via the Criterion's DVD). and I see the charm, but I also see the limitations of Etaix's art, unfortunately. While Jacques Tati's "Playtime" is a timeless masterpiece ( I have seen Playtime 3 or 4 times now, big screen or small screen, and I never get tired of it) Pierre Etaix' s "Yoyo" has its charming moments and delightful camera angles, but in the end, it comes out as a collection of gags (some enchanting, some dated) with no coherence behind them. No developed storyline. "Yoyo" starts in a virtuoso way (fabulous fake silent movie!), but peters out quickly script wise, and by the end, elicits only a "meh?". I stopped watching the second movie ("As long as you got your health") after 2 "sketches": no plot, bad timing, irritating musical choices. I am so very sorry, Mr Etaix.

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