Heureux qui comme Ulysse... (1970)
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Henri Colpi has made few movies."Une Aussi Longue Absence " was a beautiful film ,some kind of "Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles" with more elegance,modesty and emotion.Some consider "Codine" filmed in Romania his best.I have not seen it.
"Heureux qui comme Ulysse " (the title of which is borrowed from an eponymous Joachim Du Bellay poem from the sixteenth century) tells the story of an old horse,not able to work on a farm anymore .Next stop is the Arles arenas ,in other words ,death.The farmhand (Fernandel) who 's got to take the animal there decides to rebel against his boss's inhuman decision.
People who like Provence will love the magnificent landscapes (Saint-Rémy -de Provence,les Baux ,la Camargue).And there's also a moving song by Georges Brassens which superbly enhances the film.Should appeal to the whole family.
In Arles, he takes the horse away after watching another horse getting gored... The grace and subtlety of Fernandel's performance is impressive. Thanks to Télé-Québec for including this in their Fernandel series.