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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Love at the Top See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Spoofed in Lust at the Top (1985) See more »

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A sexy French satire that mostly hits it's mark.
1 July 2004 | by maeanderSee all my reviews

Nicolas Mallet is a failure. A teller in a bank, everyone walks all over him. Then his friend, a writer who's books no one likes, has a plan to change his life. Our hero tells his boss he is quitting. He intends to spend the rest of his life making a great deal of money and sleeping with a great many women. And he manages to do just that.

If it were not for the amount of death (murder/suicide/natural causes) in the film, this would be a farce. There are numerous jabs at marriage, politics, journalism and...life.

Jean-Louis Trintignant is a likable amoral rogue. Romy Schneider is at her most appealing. Definitely worth a look.


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