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May Fools (1990)

Milou en mai (original title)
R | | Comedy, Romance | July 1990 (USA)
During the events of May 1968 in France, different worldviews of conflicting relatives are collide in their family estate.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle (scenario), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miou-Miou ... Camille
Michel Piccoli ... Milou
Michel Duchaussoy ... Georges
Bruno Carette ... Grimaldi
Paulette Dubost ... Mrs. Vieuzac
Harriet Walter ... Lily
Martine Gautier Martine Gautier ... Adele
Rozenne Le Tallec Rozenne Le Tallec ... Marie-Laure
Jeanne Herry Jeanne Herry ... Françoise (as Jeanne Herry-Leclerc)
Renaud Danner Renaud Danner ... Pierre-Alain
François Berléand ... Daniel
Dominique Blanc ... Claire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Angeloff Serge Angeloff ... Adele's fiancé
Anne-Marie Bonange Anne-Marie Bonange ... Neighbor
Marcel Bories Marcel Bories ... Leonce
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Storyline

Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde keeps turning up the volume of the radio for the latest news. A deceased sister's interest in the estate is represented by a niece who is an antique dealer, who is most interested in grandmother's emerald ring that Milou's daughter Camille has already slipped on her finger. A non-relative, a truck driver who can't deliver his load of tomatoes in Paris, brings a nephew who was part of the uprising. Everyone is on strike and the matriarch can't be buried. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Jeanne Herry, who plays Françoise (the little girl) is the real-life daughter of Miou-Miou. In 2014 she directed her first feature film, 'Elle l'adore', starring Sandrine Kiberlain and Laurent Lafitte. See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #5.2 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Le nozze di Figaro (Voi che sapete)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
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I love this movie!
22 June 2009 | by marjoriemSee all my reviews

I wonder why it is not better known? You would think it would be, it is a beautiful movie, maybe not among Malle's very best, but certainly very good. There's a bittersweet feeling and it is also quite funny, as when the sisters are fighting over which one the mother wanted to leave her jewelry to.

Michel Piccoli is one of my favorite actors, and all the other parts are well done too.

Plus, the setting and photography are so beautiful. Somewhere in the Gers I think. When Milou is walking through the vines with his elderly foreman, I drool.

Just the sort of small, beautiful, mellow, not too elaborate country house and vineyard I want for myself when I win the Loterie Nationale!


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

May Fools See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,078, 24 June 1990

Gross USA:

$1,576,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,576,702
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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