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Love at the Top (1974)

Le mouton enragé (original title)
A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites ... See full summary »

Director:

Michel Deville

Writers:

Christopher Frank (scenario and dialogue), Roger Blondel (based on the novel by)
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Cast

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Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Nicolas Mallet
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Claude Fabre
Romy Schneider ... Roberte Groult
Jane Birkin ... Marie-Paule Allard
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Berthoud
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Jean-Mi
Georges Wilson ... Julien Lourceuil
Estella Blain ... Shirley Douglas
Mary Marquet ... Mme Hermens
Betty Berr Betty Berr ... Sylvie
Florinda Bolkan ... Flora Danieli
Dominique Constanza Dominique Constanza ... Sabine
Jean-François Balmer ... Vischenko
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Georges Groult
Rachel Cathoud Rachel Cathoud
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A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites Marie-Paul, a young woman he hadn't known before, in the streets of Paris to a café and sleeps with her the next day. When he tells his surprised friend Claude about the incident, the disillusioned and handicapped writer develops a plan to control and manipulate Nicholas' life. First of all, he procures him to Roberte, a professor of philosophy's frustrated and bored wife... Written by fippi2000

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Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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Referenced in Last Stop on the Night Train (1975) See more »

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A Real "Original" from an Undersung Director
4 May 2005 | by talltale-1See all my reviews

LOVE AT THE TOP--the utterly wrongheaded American title for the superb French film "Le Mouton Enrage" (which means, I think, The Rabid Sheep)-- is such an original movie, the fact that it dates back to 1974 seems all the more astounding. This film was far ahead of its time; even by today's highest standards, it accomplishes things that seem rich and new. Filmed by the hugely underrated director Michel Deville, it rather defies description in the way it combines social critique, comedy, mystery, love, sex and satire into one wholly original mix--leaving for the end a major but subtle surprise to render all that has gone before suddenly sad and more understandable. The cast is splendid, ditto the writing and theme. But it's Deville's delicious tone, keeping you constantly off-balance but enrapt, that pushes this "lost" film to a very high level indeed. (The written interview with the director on the "Special Features" section of the DVD is definitely worth reading if you have the time.)


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1974 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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