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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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Technical Specs


| (restored)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was released in 1965 and was Pierre Etaix's second feature film after The Suitor (1963). It was co-written by Jean-Claude Carriere and was restored in 2007 but was temporarily blocked from viewing for legal reasons until 2010. See more »


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16 April 2013 | by gerrollSee all my reviews

While Tati seemed to love performers this film abuses them, its seriously unfunny. The actors are fine but they are treated shoddily. The film maker seems to want to denigrate live performers. It's inventiveness is not enough salvage it's integrity.. Check out any Tati movie and compare the framing the narrative and the characterization to appreciate how trite this film is by comparison. Oddly it was made AFTER Tati's heyday. One would hope something had been learned. French satire by its very nature is somewhat lame, but this is embarrassing. It's as though Germany had won in 1871 and infected European story telling.

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