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Beau Pere (1981)

Beau-père (original title)
After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy.

Director:

Bertrand Blier

Writers:

Bertrand Blier, Bertrand Blier (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dewaere ... Rémi Bachelier
Ariel Besse Ariel Besse ... Marion
Maurice Ronet ... Charly
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Simone
Maurice Risch Maurice Risch ... Nicolas
Macha Méril ... La maîtresse de maison (anniversaire) / Birthday Hostess
Rose Thiéry Rose Thiéry ... Madame Doullens - la femme du propriétaire
Pierre Le Rumeur Pierre Le Rumeur ... Le pédiatre / Pediatrician
Yves Gasc Yves Gasc ... Monsieur Doullens - le propriétaire
Michel Berto Michel Berto ... Le professeur / Professor
Catherine Alcover Catherine Alcover ... La doctoresse de SOS Médecins / Emergency Doctor
Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet ... Le gérant du restaurant international / Restaurant Manager
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Le chauffeur de taxi / Taxi Driver
Nathalie Baye ... Charlotte
Nicole Garcia ... Martine
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Storyline

Remy is morose, nearing 30 with his career as a musician going nowhere and his eight-year marriage to Martine souring. Then, Martine dies in a car crash, and Marion, her 14-year-old, wants to stay rather than move to her father's. Remy likes the idea: he loves her, he's raised her, and she offers him emotional responsibility. Marion's father objects, but she's willful, so he relents. Soon, she tells Remy she finds him attractive, that she's now "a woman," and why can't they be lovers. Remy is appalled, but weakens, missing her when she spends Christmas with her dad. What if they do become lovers? What next? And what if a women more his age enters the picture? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sara Films,France 2 (FR2) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Source novel : 'Beau-père', by Bertrand Blier, published by Editions Robert Laffont, Paris, 1980, 225 pages, ISBN: : 9782277213338. See more »

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Ballade Pour Patrick
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Blier's Masterpiece
9 September 2005 | by Zach SaltzSee all my reviews

"Beau-Père" is not a skin flick, though the cover of the DVD and VHS would make you think otherwise. Yes, it's about a very taboo topic, to say the least - the sexual relationship between a 40-ish piano player and his 14-year-old stepdaughter - but the great Bertrand Blier, who explored similar territory in "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" eases the unease by doing the unthinkable and turning the movie into a screwball comedy.

Well, that's what we think, at first. Remi (played magnificently by Blier favorite Patrick Dewaere), not unlike Humbert in Nabokov's "Lolita" tells us of his tragic plight; after his wife dies tragically, he is left with his stepdaughter, Marion (Ariel Besse). Uncomfortable with the new rift in the household, Marion childishly assumes the "mother" role and takes on all motherly duties - including seducing her stepfather. Remi refuses, but there is danger lurking in Marion's pubescent body and puppy-dog eyes. Not realizing this danger, he eventually gives in.

Of course, giving into his stepdaughter is a mistake that plunges both Remi and Marion deeper and deeper into misery. Even Marion's real father suspects a mutual sexuality between them and, in one of the film's more heartbreaking moments, completely dissolves his obligation as a father and OKs the incestuous affair. Remi and Marion, then, are not so much connected by their sexual bond, but by the fact that they've both been abandoned by the people they love. There's no real question about where the affair is going, but the tragedy lies in who gets hurt the most. The final image of the movie may haunt me forever.

The movie is obviously not for all tastes, but it should be said that the sex is never gratuitous. In fact, it seems almost distracting when compared to what Blier really wants to get across - the divide between adolescence and adulthood and how seemingly frivolous sexual encounters can ruin lives forever. And, like "Hankerchiefs", the movie somehow provides some truly funny moments. "Beau-Père" is Bertrand Blier's masterpiece and a film that should be seen by all connaisseurs of intelligent, challenging cinema. 10/10


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