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Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988)

A successful entrepreneur in his fifties decides to abandon his loved ones and the empire he has built to find the liberty he yearns for, unaware that the itinerary of one's life often changes in the funniest of ways.


Claude Lelouch


Claude Lelouch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Sam Lion
Richard Anconina ... Albert Duvivier, dit Al
Lio ... Yvette, 1ère femme de Sam
Béatrice Agenin Béatrice Agenin ... Corinne, dernière femme de Sam
Marie-Sophie L. Marie-Sophie L. ... Victoria, fille de Sam
Jean-Philippe Chatrier Jean-Philippe Chatrier ... Jean-Philippe, fils de Sam
Gila von Weitershausen ... Une rencontre de Sam
Michel Beaune ... Notaire de Sam
Pierre Vernier ... Curé de Sam
Philippe Lorin Philippe Lorin ... Toubib de Sam
Annie Philippe Annie Philippe ... Secrétaire de Sam
Céline Caussimon Céline Caussimon ... Soeur de Al
Daniel Gélin ... Pierrot Duvivier, père de Al
Alexis Gruss Alexis Gruss ... Monsieur Loyal
Nicolas Mallet Nicolas Mallet ... Sam à 3 ans


On a cloudy day in a small-town carnival, an unattended three-year-old boy with a small note in his hand cries inconsolably. As the years pass by, the same boy will start a career as an intrepid trapeze acrobat--and before long--he will reach the peak by being the biggest in his trade. Accomplished, with kids, wealth, and recognition, the man will quit the firm and his current lifestyle to set off on a solitary voyage of self-awareness in the vast landscapes of Africa, never to return. There, the most improbable friendship will start--and after two years of being presumed dead--a spark will rekindle, making him realise, that even if one has done and seen it all, he can be surprised by what life still has to offer. Written by Nick Riganas

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Un Duo Exceptionnel Formé par Jean-Paul Belmondo et Richard Anconina. Une Interprétation Magistrale! See more »


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After the last flop, Belmondo returns with this movie which was the sixth highest grossing movie of its year in France and won him the César, the French equivalent of the Oscar. See more »


During the artistic performance on the elephant in the circus the number of brick stones young Sam is balancing on fluctuates. See more »


Sam Lion: Do you really speak French?
Une rencontre de Sam: If you want to talk, yes.
Sam Lion: A taxi driver told me this was the place to go in Hamburg.
Une rencontre de Sam: As far as i'm concerned, it's 300 marks for an hour, 1000 marks for a night... and free if you marry me!
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Crazy Credits

Every man is alone, and no one cares about anyone, and our pains are a deserted island... Albert Cohen to Jacques Brel. See more »


Referenced in Journey to Greenland (2016) See more »

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French delight
1 November 2002 | by FlorescoSee all my reviews

This is not the best movie you might ever see, but it still is very refreshing. Of course, it has it's flaws, it has it's humbling moments and yet at the same time it's different from all the sh*t you're used to and is funny in a way only the french can give you this. You might recognize a little from the masterpiece Amelie, when you see the opening. I give it 7 out of 10, but still reccomend it to you if you're tired of the usual bore you can rent in the videostore.

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Release Date:

30 November 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Löwe See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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