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Themroc (1973)

Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, this is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave.


Claude Faraldo
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Credited cast:
Michel Piccoli ... Themroc
Béatrice Romand ... La soeur de Themroc / Themroc's sister
Marilù Tolo ... La secrétaire
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... La voisine / the neighbor
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... La mère de Themroc / Themroc's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Aron Jean Aron
Paul Barrault Paul Barrault
Romain Bouteille Romain Bouteille ... Un ouvrier / Le patron hargneux / Le voisin / Le flic-A Worker / The Surprising Boss / The Neighbor / The Cop
Stéphane Bouy Stéphane Bouy ... Un ouvrier / Un policier
Coluche ... Le jeune voisin / Un ouvrier / Un flic
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien
Patrick Dewaere ... Le maçon
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Un policier
Michel Fortin Michel Fortin ... Un ouvrier / Un CRS
Henri Guybet ... Un ouvrier


This extraordinary romp uses no language whatever, except gestures and grunts. When Themroc rebels against the dull conformity of his life with flamboyant anarchistic splendor, the whole world quickly goes howling mad. His day starts, as usual, when his mother more-or-less drags him out of bed and kicks him out the door to go to his factory job, which supports them all. At the factory, when he is called onto the carpet, he quits (but not before fondling the boss's secretary). Back at home, he makes love to his sister and then transforms the family's apartment into a more primitive abode. The conditions of the stone-age quickly return.

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The urban caveman. See more »




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Visa de Contrôle Cinématographique N° 39.805. See more »


Referenced in La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? (1973) See more »

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A real curiosity
5 June 2000 | by rbandSee all my reviews

I saw this movie while I was living in Germany in 1975 and absolutely LOVED it - but of course, that was 25 years ago. I've searched in vain for it since, I don't think it's ever been shown in the States.

Note to the distributor: there's an opportunity for it in the art houses on this side of the Atlantic - granted Americans are generally much more prudish than Europeans, but I think we're sufficiently post-PC (politically correct) that it would have a chance at a good reception.

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Release Date:

October 1980 (USA) See more »

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Il mangiaguardie See more »

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1.66 : 1
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