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Happy New Year (1973)

La bonne année (original title)
Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Simon
Françoise Fabian ... Françoise
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... Charlot
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le bijoutier
Mireille Mathieu ... Herself / Elle-même
Lilo Lilo ... Madame Félix
Claude Mann Claude Mann ... L'intellectuel
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... L'amant parisien
Gérard Sire Gérard Sire ... Le directeur de la prison
Silvano Tranquilli ... L'amant italien
André Barello André Barello
Michel Bertay Michel Bertay
Norman de la Chesnaye Norman de la Chesnaye
Pierre Edeline Pierre Edeline
Pierre Pontiche Pierre Pontiche


Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes but by someone special he met there. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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From the Film Maker Who Gave You "A Man and a Woman"


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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France | Italy



Release Date:

13 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy New Year See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13,Rizzoli Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


"La Bonne Année" ("Happy New Year") is one of Stanley Kubrick's favorite movies. See more »


Referenced in And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002) See more »


La Bonne Année
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Catherine Desage
Performed by Mireille Mathieu
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Lelouche Scores Big with "Happy New Year"
25 February 2008 | by bonfirexxSee all my reviews

I give this film a nine, for two reasons: 1. Sharp movie script, well delivered by the protagonists; and 2. Lino in his grave won't like this, but Francoise Fabian steals this movie from him with a truly compelling performance - as a socially and professionally sophisticated and sumptuously attractive woman who is a foil for all men, save Lino Ventura, who conveys at least as much personal chemistry in this film as a block of cement. I mean, when they are reunited following his six-year stint behind bars - he has nothing to say to her, when she is all choked-up with emotion! Ventura gives the expression "man of few words" a renaissance interpretation.

Ventura, frankly, was much better cast as the detective out to corral the jewel thieves, in "The Sicilian Clan," than he is here, as the reticent-personality jewel thief, and developing "love interest" of Francoise Fabian. She is so beguiling in this film, looking an ageless 30 instead of her 40 years of age at the time, one wonders if Lelouche might have considered her opposite Trintignant in "A Man And A Woman," some six years earlier? She deserved as least as much international recognition as many of her contemporaries of this time who outshined her, beginning with Claudia Cardinale, Elke Sommer, and Elsa Martinelli, none of whom could have carried this film to stellar heights, as did FF.

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