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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

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 June 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonderful Times See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Capra with an edge
22 October 1999 | by gtranSee all my reviews

A fortysomething executive is brutally fired. Before he fully understands what happened to him, he's on the street, and finds himself sharing the plight of a bunch of homeless people : how to find food, how to find shelter, how to beg... It could be dramatic, or even tragic, but it's a comedy. It's not a totally new territory (`Trading places', with Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd has been there before, for instance, and we can also think about Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life"), but it's still a rather sensible movie that manages to keep the good balance between the funny situations and the much less funny ones. Also, and very fortunately, it is not too overtly moralistic or sentimental. Life is rough is the street and the social commentary isn't very optimistic. The movie title, "Une époque formidable", can be translated as "It's a wonderful Life", but there's a much bitter edge to it.


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