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X | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | June 1976 (USA)
Michel is a middle aged man with a troubled marriage. He feels lonely, has been unfaithful to his wife Isabelle in various occasions, and despite she seems to accept this situation, they ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Michel
Valentine Tessier ... La mère
... Isabelle
Lucienne Hamon ... Juliette
... Henry
Queta Claver ... Maria-Luisa
... Jose-Luis
... Directrice
Claudia Bianchi ... Jeune fille
Jenny Astruc ... Janine
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Jacques
Marie-France Mignal ... Mère enfant
... Nicole
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Michel is a middle aged man with a troubled marriage. He feels lonely, has been unfaithful to his wife Isabelle in various occasions, and despite she seems to accept this situation, they both grow apart. Eventually Michel falls in love with the most unexpected "perfect woman": a mannequin. Written by Bulma PunkRocker

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Strange and offbeat film about a dentist who falls for a mannequin
22 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

It deals with a middle age dentist called Michel Barrel : Piccoli , who lives with his wife Isabelle : Rada Rassimov , his mother : Valentine Tessier and his nurse Nicole : Julieta Serrano , until one day receives from Japan a particular gift : a mannequin. He bears a troubled marriage and Michel carries out some unfaith occassions . Later on , the mysogin falls in love for the attractive doll and then things go wrong.

This is a bitter flick in which Berlanga proves his passion for erotic stories . A tragedy-comedy about a mature man who has been unfaithful to his spouse and feels lonely and then falls for a mannequin, dealing with a sad and desperate critique on the human condition . A sour reflexion about loneliness , egoism , mysoginy , eroticism , impossible desires and human evil , as most of the secondary actors turn out to be hateful people . The real starring is the gorgeous doll , it was made by the known designer Alexandre Trauner , cost : 10.000 Francos , it was more expensive than hire Bardot , first French actress . Weird screenplay from Berlanga himself, the ordinary Rafael Azcona and Jean Claude Carriere , Buñuel's regular. It is a strange, rare script into the fruitful and long collaboration between Rafael Azcona and Berlanga. Michel Piccoli gives a good interpretation and the support cast formed by habitual Berlanga secondaries are really wasted , such as Agustin Gonzalez, Manuel Alexandre, Julieta Serrano, Amparo Soler Leal , Queta Claver and Luis Cigues.

This outlandish motion picture was professional but slowly realized by Luis Garcia Berlanga , and it results to be tiring and boring . Berlanga had a contract with the great producer Cesareo Gonzalez when he broke it , then Luis was hired by French producer Christian Ferry and Spanish Alfredo Matas to make this film that was a flop at the Spaniard boxoffice , and it was panned by reviewers, nowadays is better considered than the past .The movie was prohibited in Spain and heavily censored along with : Last tango in Paris and La Gran Bouffe also starred by Michel Piccoli. This Grandeur nature is far from other masterpieces made by the great director Berlanga as Calabuch , El verdugo , Novio a la vista , Esa pareja feliz, Los jueves milagro, Placido , Vivan los novios , Escopeta Nacional, Patrimonio nacional , Nacional III , among others, and the best : Bienvenido Mister Marshall , of course.


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