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The Cabbage Soup (1981)

La soupe aux choux (original title)
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2 buddy farmers are visited by aliens who like their domestic cabbage soup.


Jean Girault


René Fallet (novel), Jean Halain | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Claude Ratinier (Le Glaude)
Jean Carmet ... Francis Chérasse (Le Bombé)
Jacques Villeret ... l'Oxien (La Denrée)
Claude Gensac ... Amelie Poulangeard
Henri Génès ... le brigadier chef
Marco Perrin ... le maire
Christine Dejoux Christine Dejoux ... Francine
Gaëlle Legrand ... Catherine Lemouette
Catherine Ohotnikoff Catherine Ohotnikoff
Philippe Ruggieri Philippe Ruggieri ... Robert
Philippe Brizard Philippe Brizard ... Le facteur
Max Montavon Max Montavon ... Le frère Poulangeard
Thierry Liagre Thierry Liagre ... Le médecin
Perrette Souplex Perrette Souplex ... Aimée
Carole Nugue Carole Nugue


Two old french countrymen are living a quiet life in their little old farms. The first one, Claude Ratinier, aka "le Glaude" (Louis de Funès), is a widower, and the second one, Francis Chérasse, aka "Cicisse" (Jean Carmet), is single. They spend their days drinking liters of wine and pastis, reminding themselves the good old times. One evening, they happen to start a farting contest, which seems to provoke a lightning storm... Then they go to sleep, but somebody has been quite interested by their kind of expression, and is preparing to change their life... Written by Anonymous

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At the time when the movie was made, De Funes was reluctant to keep acting as he found he was now too old to do so. He agreed to do this movie because he realized how much he had in common with his character. See more »


When Le Glaude retrieves the lock of hair from the grandfather clock, the clock-face door swings open. In the next shot we can see the door over his shoulder and it's closed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German version was edited to reduce running time. 8 minutes were cut from the VHS tape, with another 2 minutes removed from the DVD. See more »


Valse Brune
Music by Georges Krier
Lyrics by Georges Villard
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Grows on You
23 June 2001 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I remember being in France in 1981 and being taken to see this film which I found totally stupid as concerns the script. The years have passed and due to regular showings on TV here I have become gradually attached to the film. The film has acquired a sort of value with its ageing which was not apparent at the time it came out. It should be pointed out that the film is set in " Le Bourbonnais ", an isolated area in central France near to Montluçon, in the Allier Department. The local inhabitants are portrayed as " country bumpkins " eating cabbage soup and farting all the time. The arrival of an alien ( Jacques Villeret - quite a famous actor in France today ) from the planet of Oxo ( is it a play on words with the English beef-stock product ? )who takes a liking to cabbage soup will change the lives of these two " gentlemen ". I'm not saying it's a work of art but it is definitely not as bad as reputed when first released. In addition to that the film music is quite a catchy tune and readily available on CD. So all in all, without going over the top, I would say the film has its place in

French cinematic history. I am not sure, however, whether it would have any success outside France. Is it known elsewhere under another title which I suppose would be " Cabbage Soup " ???

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Release Date:

2 December 1981 (France) See more »

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Bombon, Seine-et-Marne, France See more »

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2.35 : 1
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