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Une époque formidable... (1991)

A working man brutally loses both his job and his wife. He suddenly discovers poverty and is thrown in the street where he will meet tramps who will help him recover what he has lost.

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Gérard Jugnot
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Jugnot ... Michel Berthier
Richard Bohringer ... Toubib
Victoria Abril ... Juliette
Ticky Holgado ... Crayon
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Copi
Chick Ortega Chick Ortega ... Mimosa
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Malakian
Julien Harlay Julien Harlay ... Vincent
Beryl Le Lasseur Beryl Le Lasseur ... Émilie
Charlotte de Turckheim ... Rita
Zabou Breitman ... L'intervieweuse (as Zabou)
Catherine Alcover Catherine Alcover ... Mme Cohen
Raymond Aquilon Raymond Aquilon ... l'Antillais American Bed
Carole Brenner Carole Brenner ... La pétasse accident
Pierre Chevallier Pierre Chevallier ... L'interne mou
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A working man brutally loses both his job and his wife. He suddenly discovers poverty and is thrown in the street where he will meet tramps who will help him recover what he has lost.

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French

Release Date:

19 June 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonderful Times See more »

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super tramps...
20 December 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Michel Berthier has been an executive in a mattress firm for ten years. One day, he's learning that he is fired. He doesn't want to reveal it to his wife Juliette and tries to artificially his life. But within a few weeks, things happen quickly: he is thrown out from his home by his wife and finds himself out on the street. It's there that he meets a bunch of homeless people who support him by their friendship. They live by begging, tricks and petty thefts.

For his fourth passage behind the camera, Gérard Jugnot decided to look into one of the biggest dramas of our time: the increase of the new poor and the homeless. For this, it is virtually certain that Frank Capra's cinema was his main source of inspiration. The studied topic and the treatment that is made of it warn the spectator that we are not on an original land (a dramatic topic treated on a comedy tone). However, Jugnot found the balance in his screenplay to alternate moments of tenderness, emotion and hoots of laughter. It is a shame that vulgarity and easiness often spoil the pleasure we take to watch this film.

Where Jugnot appears interesting is in the way he perceives these new poor who live hand to mouth. His outcasts are more generous than embittered, friendlier than revolted. They are especially linked by values which Western society doesn't seem to know any more: solidarity, trust and fidelity. Without them, it is impossible to manage all alone. The best proof of it can be found at the end of the film. Indeed, Michel's friends help him to reconquer the heart of his wife.

Eventually, the performance of the actors is widely sufficient to justify the view of Jugnot's opus, especially Richard Borhinger's.


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