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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)

Préparez vos mouchoirs (original title)
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A worried husband finds a lover for his depressed wife, but she falls in love with a bullied thirteen-year-old math prodigy and wants to have the boy's baby.

Director:

Bertrand Blier

Writer:

Bertrand Blier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Raoul
Patrick Dewaere ... Stéphane
Carole Laure ... Solange
Michel Serrault ... Le voisin / Neighbor
Eléonore Hirt ... Madame Beloeil
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Mr. Beloeil
Sylvie Joly Sylvie Joly ... La passante / Passerbeil
Riton Liebman Riton Liebman ... Christian Beloeil (as Riton)
Liliane Rovère ... Bartender
Michel Beaune ... Le médecin dans la rue
Roger Riffard Roger Riffard ... Le médecin du port
André Thorent André Thorent ... Le professeur
André Lacombe André Lacombe ... Le délégué syndical
David Gabison David Gabison ... Le quidam (as Alain David Gabison)
Gilberte Géniat Gilberte Géniat ... L'ouvreuse du théâtre
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Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. Although he listens to Mozart and has every Pocket Book arranged in alphabetical order, Stephane fails to cheer Solange. She knits. She does housework. Everyone, including their neighbor a vegetable vendor, agrees that she needs a child, yet she fails to get pregnant by either lover. The three take a job running a kids' summer camp where they meet Christian, the precocious 13-year-old son of the local factory manager. It is Christian who restores Solange to laughter. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Due to possible problems with the Child Protection Act UK cinema and video versions were cut by 5 secs to edit a scene where Christian looks at Solange's naked body as she lays in bed. The cuts were later waived for the 15-rated 2007 DVD. See more »

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Dirty, funny and off-the-wall
15 August 2018 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

"Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" begins as a typical French menage-a-trois tale, then goes off in original and unexpected directions (about which it is best not to be spoiled beforehand - read other reviews cautiously). It's well-made and often funny in a deadpan, understated way, but it's certainly not for the easily offended. *** out 4.


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