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Les Gauloises bleues (1968)

G | | Drama | August 1968 (France)
The movie explores the love, or lack thereof, of a spouse and a parent, absurdities and tragedies of life, growing-up and death, and humanity under various social and political influences. ... See full summary »

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Michel Cournot

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Michel Cournot
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Annie Girardot ... La mère
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Ivan à 30 ans
Nella Bielski Nella Bielski ... Jeanne
Bruno Cremer ... Le père
Georges Demestre Georges Demestre ... Ivan à 6 ans
Anne Wiazemsky ... L'infirmière
Tanya Lopert ... La Mort
Karina Gondy Karina Gondy ... L'assistante sociale
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... L'ambulancier rabatteur
Tsilla Chelton ... La directrice
Liza Braconnier Liza Braconnier ... Infirmière
Jean Lescot Jean Lescot ... Un chasseur
Marcello Pagliero Marcello Pagliero ... Le marchand bohémien
François Périer ... Le juge
José Varela José Varela ... Le juriste
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The movie explores the love, or lack thereof, of a spouse and a parent, absurdities and tragedies of life, growing-up and death, and humanity under various social and political influences. Ivan's life, and his unhappy relationship with his wife and father, are told through interweaving flashbacks as his wife is attempting to give birth. The title refers to the cigarettes he was buying from her when he met her while down on his luck. They fall in love but constantly fight, while he resorts to crime. The movie's many artsy vignettes vary widely between provocative interviews and dialogue, symbolic scenes of Ivan as a child stomping a gift of bread into the ground, surreal images of death, absurdities of silly bureaucracies and indifference in hospitals, scenes of political upheaval mixed with innocent images of a children's book, and so on. This is a hodgepodge of subtly impressionistic scenes that come together to weave a character study and portrait of life. At times it was a ... Written by Anonymous

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Well-Meaning Portrait of Dysfunctional Youth Tripped Up By Surreal Approach
31 January 2020 | by jfrentzen-942-204211See all my reviews

Set in the Parisian slums, this French film paints a surrealistic picture of a lost soul. Abandoned by his father and taken away from his mother by welfare workers, Ivan grows into a directionless man. The telling events in his childhood and adult life are randomly intercut with macabre fantasy sequences involving his girlfriend, his mother, her lover and various social workers and government officials. There are humorous moments mostly achieved by Georges Demestre, who is excellent as Ivan. A typical tableaux illustrates the movie's theatrical sensibility, as in Annie Giradot's lengthy monologue where she argues to an (unseen) judge for the return of her son. Despite this and other fairly emotional moments, the movie is overrun with heavy symbolism that weighs down the basically simple story. The juxtaposition of these elements holds interest and creates a chilling, downbeat mood, but the film is too confusing to be satisfying.


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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

August 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blaue Gauloises See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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