Frank Lanier, known as "Monsieur Papa" (Claude Brasseur), lives alone with his little boy, Laurent, ten years old. He does the shopping, prepares breakfast, goes to the dry cleaners, sets the dinner table. How would Monsieur Papa do if he didn't have this son? Laurent, on the other hand, is not very good at spelling, but no one is perfect. Janine (Nathalie Baye) arises between two somewhat burnt hunting rabbits and three poorly tuned compound pasts. Laurent does not support the arrival of Janine in the life of his father. He is afraid that she will steal his father's love from him. And he redoubled his spelling mistakes. Two plane tickets for Bangkok found on the table are the last straw that will overflow the fragile family tranquility: Janine is on the trip but not Laurent. Monsieur Papa justifies himself as best he can. If he had the money he would also take his son. Never mind. Laurent announces to his father that he will soon bring him the sum of 10,000 francs. Monsieur Papa ...
It may pass for trivial , but you must remember that the subject was not that much frequent in the movies in 1977 : it was made two years before "Kramer vs Kramer" and depicted the life of a father left alone to take care of his only child .
Like its American counterpart ,there's no financial problem ,for papa is an engineer,and he makes sure that his son's schooling does not suffer for it : the first scene ,before the cast and credits ,is a dictation :although spelling does not seem to be thee offspring's forte, he shows himself a clever kid " these sentences are devoid of interest" ;for that matter he is right ,and his dad finally agrees.
By and large ,it passes over the real problems in silence ,but the lines are often funny and the rapport Claude Brasseur has with his son wins the audience over.
Many clichés of course : the new woman in papa's life (played by the excellent Nathalie Baye)the son depicts as " a bum selling potatoes from door to door" ;the schoolteacher in a sexy dress trying to seduce the new bachelor (certainly the worst scene).
Sonny has dangerous acquaintances : Dédé ,a young hoodlum (Daniel Auteuil) urges him and his best friend to help him steal the betting office money ;it's the most hilarious moment in the whole film ; but the moral conclusion ,as well as the ending ,are disappointing : as this movie is not to be taken seriously ,some madness would have been welcome.
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