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Touch and Go (1971)

La poudre d'escampette (original title)
North Africa, December 1942. Valentin, a professional gardener ruined by the bombings of 1940, has fled to Tunis, where he traffics stolen goods, transporting them from Libya to Tunisia on an old boat.

Director:

Philippe de Broca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlène Jobert ... Lorène
Michel Piccoli ... Valentin
Michael York ... Basil
Louis Velle ... Paul-Émile
Amidou ... Ali - le patron du bateau tunisien
Didi Perego Didi Perego ... Woman
Jean Bouise ... L'homme de la terrasse
Gene Moyle Gene Moyle ... Le major anglais
Alan Scott Alan Scott ... Officier anglais de l'avion
Hans Verner Hans Verner ... Major Becker
Tano Cimarosa ... Un soldat italien sur la plage (as Gaetabi Cimarosa)
Ernesto Colli Ernesto Colli
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Major Bruzzalini
Salvatore Ricciardella Salvatore Ricciardella ... Ambrosio
Ugo Fangareggi Ugo Fangareggi ... L'adjoint
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North Africa, December 1942. Valentin, a professional gardener ruined by the bombings of 1940, has fled to Tunis, where he traffics stolen goods, transporting them from Libya to Tunisia on an old boat.

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Taglines:

"That Man from Rio", "King of Hearts", NOW a new lunacy from PHILIPPE DE BROCA

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 September 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Touch and Go See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Desert is looking for noble hearts
19 June 2001 | by guy gateboisSee all my reviews

What a curious conflict ! This french film, realized by Philippe De Broca, the subtle and jovial director of "L'homme de Rio", "Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine", "Le diable par la queue", "Les caprices de Marie", "Le magnifique", "Tendre poulet" and "Louisiane", describes a very delicate adventure, during the Second World War, in North Africa. The wife of an ambassador is hesitating between two men - the first one clever, generous and courageous, the second one, young, sincere and sensible - and becomes the female instinct of a three-hands escape. The approach of this complex friendship is characterized by grace : that is the reason why the shadow of a windy tenderness flies on this desert of affective uncertainties.

Touching atmosphere is created too by talented comedians, Marlene Jobert (1971 was an important year for her, as the delightful comedy "Catch me a spy" and the truly inspired "Six days wonder" prove it), Michel Piccoli - originally, his part was written for Jean-Paul Belmondo - and Michael York, who display a remarkable intensity to suggest the confusion of their vulnerable feelings. Otherwise, the main theme, composed by Michel Legrand, represents the perfect musical allegory of melancholy. At last, we must celebrate epilogue, which reflects an ideal sorrow : full of tears but outwardly smiling. Follow this initiating way, which offers us the fertile ambiguity of an utopian fantasy.


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