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Very Happy Alexander (1968)

Alexandre le bienheureux (original title)
Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »

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Yves Robert

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Yves Robert (screenplay), Pierre Lévy-Corti (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Alexandre Gartempe
Françoise Brion ... Eliane Gartempe dite La Grande
Marlène Jobert ... Agathe Bordeaux
Paul Le Person Paul Le Person ... Sanguin
Tsilla Chelton ... Madame Bouillot
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Le père Lamendin
Pierre Richard ... Colibert
Jean Saudray Jean Saudray ... Pinton
Kaly Kaly ... Le chien d'Alexandre
Pierre Barnley Pierre Barnley ... Le curé
Marcel Bernier Marcel Bernier ... Malicorne
Bernard Charlan Bernard Charlan ... Le maire
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien ... Madame Boisseau
Pierre Maguelon ... Verglandier
Marie Marc Marie Marc ... La vieille maman de la Grande
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Storyline

Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander See more »

Filming Locations:

Alluyes, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Featured in Le bal des casse-pieds (1992) See more »

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Le ciel, la terre et l'eau
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Performed by Isabelle Aubret
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No dubbing needed
18 June 2005 | by poflaattenSee all my reviews

The second time I saw this film was on TV in France, on a Sunday afternoon in the seventies. I had enjoyed it so much the first time that I had no hesitation in settling down to see it again. Halfway through the film I was getting puzzled by stuff I didn't remember -- and it wasn't until nearly the end that I realized that the first time I saw the film was on an airplane across the Atlantic, where I had omitted to rent headsets. So the soundtrack was all new! Needless to say, the actual sound of Noiret's horn and the dialogue (especially the kids) didn't make me enjoy it any less. But it is a sign of true comic genius that you can be that funny even with the sound turned off -- in a class with Tati and Chaplin.

I'd love to find a DVD of this film too. I don't believe it was ever released on NTSC videotape.


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