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Sale destin (1987)

A butcher ruins his life by falling in love with a young prostitute.


Sylvain Madigan


Sylvain Madigan, Sylvain Madigan (adaptation) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Lanoux ... François Marboni
Pauline Lafont Pauline Lafont ... Rachel
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ... Alexandre Ragueneau
Marie Laforêt ... Marthe Marboni
Michel Aumont ... L'inspecteur Marchandon
Martin Lamotte ... Denis
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Djebel Zanera
Aurelle Doazan Aurelle Doazan ... Estelle Marboni
Jean-Paul Lilienfeld Jean-Paul Lilienfeld ... Thibaud
Claude Chabrol ... Le commissaire
Muhammad Camara Muhammad Camara ... (as Mohamed Camara)
Charlotte de Turckheim ... La prostituée, amie de Rachel
Patrick Braoudé Patrick Braoudé ... Le commis
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... La grand-mère d'Alexandre
Benoît Ferreux ... Un tueur


A butcher ruins his life by falling in love with a young prostitute.

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Comedy | Crime







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14 January 1987 (France) See more »

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Rotten Fate! See more »

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Sale Destin/Dirty Destiny-Sylvain Madigan has made a neglected gem of French cinema.
3 September 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

One of the biggest troubles with French cinema is that most viewers who patronize it tend to be aware only of all the big names who have made successful films. This is something which deprives unusual films to make a mark on serious audiences who wish to experience a 'different kind' of cinema. This is something true about French director Sylvain Madigan and his début film "Sale Destin"/ "Dirty Destiny" which is about the price one has to pay in order to pursue a life of carnal lust. This film's leading role is played by veteran French actor Victor Lanoux who has always excelled in playing 'a lustful man' type of roles. It is not only a lustful man who gets a chance to share a large portion of screen space but due to his irresponsible lifestyle also enables viewers to see the sad plight of a neglected wife and a wayward daughter. In many ways, this film is a true portrayal of notoriously naughty Parisian life where young and middle aged butchers do not have any healthy sexual life as they are made to just chop meat during five week days. This is why frequent visits to a "Maison Close" as an inevitable outcome by young butchers are authorized only during weekend. It is during these visits that butchers-young and old alike get a chance to taste human meat in order to give complete freedom to their libidos. It is being said that "as you sow so shall you reap". This is precisely what happens to our film's protagonist who risks everything in his life in order to be close to his girl friend-a prostitute. "Sale Destin" is a perfect film for all those viewers who do not munch pop corn while watching a film. This is a film which needs to be viewed more than once if one wishes to learn about the frame of mind of a victim and the aggressor. It is really a pity that after this film Sylvain Madigan did not get any chance to make another film.

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