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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)

Préparez vos mouchoirs (original title)
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.

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Jean Rougerie ...
Mr. Beloeil
Sylvie Joly ...
La passante / Passerbeil
Riton Liebman ...
Christian Beloeil (as Riton)
Liliane Rovère ...
Bartender
Michel Beaune ...
Le médecin dans la rue
Roger Riffard ...
Le médecin du port
André Thorent ...
Le professeur
André Lacombe ...
Le délégué syndical
David Gabison ...
Le quidam (as Alain David Gabison)
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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Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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A Curious Tale of Giving and Needing
24 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" is an excellent piece of storytelling and a refreshing film. It flows freely and is full of interesting and engaging twists, one of which is surprising but serves well in tying it all together.

Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere play two gentlemen at the mercy of an oddly ailing woman, Solange. Doctors are no help, and the two men obviously mean little to her, but they keep at it and decide that what she needs is a child, which she cannot give birth to.

Things happen and as the story unfolds, it brings the viewer in closer and examines happiness from an offbeat angle. If nothing else, "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" is fun and engaging and should not be missed.


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