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The Marvelous Visit (1974)

La merveilleuse visite (original title)
In a small French village, an angel appears disguised as a beautiful young blond.


Marcel Carné


H.G. Wells (freely inspired by the novel by), Marcel Carné (film adaptation by) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Gilles Kohler ... Jean, l'ange
Roland Lesaffre ... Ménard
Debra Berger ... Déliah (as Deborah Berger)
Lucien Barjon Lucien Barjon ... Le recteur
Mary Marquet ... La duchesse
Yves Barsacq ... Le docteur Jeantel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Berger
Patrick Brown Patrick Brown
Tania Busselier Tania Busselier
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... François Mercadier
Jacques Debary ... Père Léon
Martine Ferrière
Jean Gras Jean Gras
Jean Le Mouël Jean Le Mouël
François Mercadier François Mercadier


One morning, the rector of a small French village comes across a young man, lying unclothed and unconscious on a deserted beach. Intrigued, the rector has the young man carried back to his home. When he awakes the stranger calmly identifies himself as Jean, an angel who has just arrived on Earth. Naturally, the rector doesn't believe this, but decides to humor the young man. At first, Jean's arrival in the village causes no upset. He is a harmless soul, full of good intentions and capable of only the kindest deeds. But then the villagers grow wary of him, and this wariness turns to outright hostility when Jean unwittingly causes an accident. Written by Bernardo74

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A ho-hum visit
3 September 2003 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

I hoped this movie wouldn't live up to my negative expectations, but am sorry to report it did.

There's not much point listing all my objections, but I will mention the jarring effect, in virtually every scene, of inconsistencies such as the angel's being able to speak fluent French but not knowing what money is.

This defect plagues every fantasy of this sort that I've read or seen dramatized, and is enough to ruin the experience for me--I guess I'm just of too logical a turn of mind to accept something so silly.

Maybe I should stick to documentaries.

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27 November 1974 (France) See more »

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