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Le viager (1972)

Doctor Galipeau has a brother, Emile, whose wife has just given birth to a baby boy and who dreams of owning a house. He has just examined Louis Martinet, an old man who, according to him, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Louis Martinet
Michel Galabru ... Léon Galipeau
Claude Brasseur ... Noël Galipeau à 39 ans
Rosy Varte Rosy Varte ... Elvire Galipeau
Odette Laure Odette Laure ... Marguerite Galipeau
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Emile Galipeau
Yves Robert ... Bucigny-Dumaine (le bel officier)
Jean Richard ... Jo (un voyou)
Madeleine Clervanne Madeleine Clervanne ... La grand-mère Galipeau
Noël Roquevert ... Le grand-père Galipeau
Jacques Bodoin Jacques Bodoin ... Maître Laguarrigue, l'honnête notaire
Gérard Depardieu ... Victor, le complice de Jo
Bernard Lavalette Bernard Lavalette ... Le député-maire de Saint-Tropez
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Lucien, le brave facteur
Jean Carmet ... Maître Vierzon, l'avocat de Noël
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Doctor Galipeau has a brother, Emile, whose wife has just given birth to a baby boy and who dreams of owning a house. He has just examined Louis Martinet, an old man who, according to him, is in the last stages. That is why he advises Emile to purchase Martinet's house for an annuity. Unfortunately for the Galipeaus, not only does Martinet recover but, month after month, year after year, the "dying man" proves hale and hearty as well! Whereas the greedy Galipeaus fall from the frying pan into the fire... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Language:

French

Release Date:

19 January 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorável Gozador See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Nathalie Serrault's first film and Noël Roquevert's last. See more »

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Referenced in Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Charlesem Aznavourem (2016) See more »

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Les petites femmes de Paris
Performed by Philippe Castelli
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an abundance of riches
30 July 2017 | by myriamlenysSee all my reviews

One of the best French comedies ever filmed. The basic idea is comedy gold and the execution rises to the challenge : the plot is both witty and funny, the dialogues are inspired and there are puns, jokes and running gags galore, interspersed with gloriously demented scenes. Even the montages meant to show the passage of time are delightful. In short : one recognizes the divine paw of René Goscinny, of "Obelix and Asterix" fame.

And the fun doesn't stop there : the movie has a stellar cast giving stellar performances. About the only thing bothering me is Michel Serrault's make-up. The said make-up, which is supposed to represent the gradual progression of time deep into venerable old age, is both ugly and unconvincing. And this is not an insignificant detail, given the fact that the age and aging of Serrault are major plot elements.

Viewers need to be aware that much of the humor is dark to the point of blackness : the comedy is speaking of the corrosive effects of avarice and envy on the human soul. However, it is not an immoral or nihilistic movie : innocence is rewarded, while the various evildoers all get what's coming to them. In fact, the ending includes a pretty literal case of an "engineer hoist with his own petard"...


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