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Neige (1981)

An illustration of the more or less weird people in the nightlife of the revel region of a French town. In the center of the (almost non-existing) plot are barmaid Anita and a reverend. ... See full summary »


Juliet Berto (adaptation), Juliet Berto (idea) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliet Berto ... Anita
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Willy
Robert Liensol Robert Liensol ... Jocko
Patrick Chesnais ... Le premier inspecteur
Jean-François Balmer ... Le second inspecteur
Paul Le Person ... Bruno Vallès
Frédérique Jamet Frédérique Jamet ... Annie Vallès
Dominique Maurin Dominique Maurin ... Le blond
Michel Lechat Michel Lechat ... Leclat
Michel Berto Michel Berto ... L'aveugle
Ras Paul Nephtali Ras Paul Nephtali
Nini Crépon Nini Crépon ... Betty
Emilie Benoît Emilie Benoît ... (as Emilie M.C. Benoit)
Anna Prucnal ... Wanda Vallès
Raymond Bussières ... Menendez


An illustration of the more or less weird people in the nightlife of the revel region of a French town. In the center of the (almost non-existing) plot are barmaid Anita and a reverend. Anita cares for the Caribbean dealer Bobby like a mother, but he's too cool to listen to her warnings. When he's caught by the police, Anita has pity for her friends who are without "neige" (snow, probably cocaine) now, and tries to help them out. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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20 May 1981 (France) See more »

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The ballad of Bobby.
25 November 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Juliet Berto was par excellence the cerebral actress:her filmography includes highbrow stuff,the likes of Godard and Rivette ;however ,for her first movie, she shows us the dark side of the neons of Pigalle, Barbès-Rochechouart with its losers,its junkies ,its transvestites and prostitutes ;the world of the thirties Realisme Poétique (Carné,Duvivier,Grémillon) transferred to the hard realities of the early eighties .

The boulevards are places where you can find cheap entertainment , fleeting pleasure : it looks like a permanent fairground ,with strip-tease galore ;in the cafés ,pimps and hookers, underdogs waiting for something to happen ,or " for their man" ,who brings them "snow" or heroine .For lack of happiness, everybody's looking for substitutes.

The detective side is not important and does not really interest the viewer ;but Berto's depiction of this shady milieu is thoroughly fascinating :when a dealer dies ,killed by drugs squad agents , we follow Anita ,a good-hearted waitress,who tries to help a young transvestite ,Betty ,whose withdrawal symptoms are bluntly depicted, to find more dope .The director does not argue or judge : where is evil?the taxi driver ,who , to save his wife from jail, informs against dealer Bobby? Bobby himself ,who sells his lethal stuff ?the drugs squad cops who fire at the dealers ,or would be ones ?Anita ,who never speaks of detox ?(and however ,she mothers her protégé)

It is essentially a night movie, but night lights are not enough to sweep darkness away ;the final song by Bernard Lavilliers ("Ballade De bobby", showing a strong influence by Gainsbourg) prolongs the painful atmosphere of a harrowing work.

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