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Cookies (1975)

Les galettes de Pont-Aven (original title)
Henri is a middle-aged travelling umbrella salesman from Saumur who lives a sexless and unhappy married life with his puritan wife and two children. Painting is the only true passion of ... See full summary »

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Joël Séria

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Henri
Dolores McDonough Dolores McDonough ... Angela / Émile's girlfriend (as Dolores Mac Donough)
Jeanne Goupil ... Marie / Maid
Claude Piéplu ... Le pèlerin / Le barde breton-The pilgrim / The Breton bard
Bernard Fresson ... Émile / Le peintre-The painter
Andréa Ferréol ... La cliente au portrait
Romain Bouteille Romain Bouteille ... Le curé / The priest
Martine Ferrière ... La soeur du pélerin / La soeur du barde
Gisèle Grimm Gisèle Grimm ... Mme Serin / Henri's wife
Louison Roblin Louison Roblin ... La marchande de la première boutique / La commerçante
André Chaumeau André Chaumeau ... Le commerçant obséquieux
Anne Alexandre Anne Alexandre ... L'hôtelière
René Berthier René Berthier ... Le V.R.P.
Jean Legall Jean Legall ... Le taré (as Jean Le Gall)
Evane Hanska Evane Hanska ... La serveuse
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Henri is a middle-aged travelling umbrella salesman from Saumur who lives a sexless and unhappy married life with his puritan wife and two children. Painting is the only true passion of Henri but he also has an affection for female buttocks. One night, on the roads of Brittany he hits a boar with his car. Émile, a rude and carefree painter who lives in a cottage near Riec-sur-Belon meets him and invites him to stay at his house while the car is being fixed. Henri falls in love with his Canadian live-in girlfriend Angela who draws Henri's attention with her beautiful buttocks. They leave Émile after a violent confrontation and move to Pont-Aven, 'the city of painters'. Angela encourages Henri to continue his life as a painter and he sees this as an opportunity to leave his earlier life behind. However, Angela soon dumps him for Émile and Henri becomes a drunkard, butt of jokes in the town, and a painter unable to sell a single painting. Marie, the teenage maid working at the pension ... Written by lament

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cookies See more »

Filming Locations:

Névez, Finistère, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Les Galettes de Pont-Aven : Joël Séria directs a cult film about an ordinary man who wants his art to be taken seriously !!!!
8 July 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

In many ways, 'Les Galettes de Pont-Aven' remains faithful to 1970s, the time of its making when people did not have to worry much to lead a carefree life. Those viewers who are familiar with arts and the world of painters would not take much time to associate famous French painter Paul Gauguin with Pont-Aven. He shares a lot of similarities with Henri Serin, an ordinary man's character played brilliantly by French actor Jean-Pierre Marielle who also started to paint somewhat late in his life. By directing 'Cookies', Joël Séria has put himself in the same league as Jean Renoir who was able to direct films about ordinary men who emerged as heroes. The entire film is based on the notion of respect bordering on appreciation and recognition which an ordinary man is seeking. He finds it after being part of different adventurous experiences. In the history of French cinema, 'Les Galettes de Pont-Aven' has achieved the status of a cult film. It was made in 1975 but continues to remain very relevant even in the modern times. It is recommended for those viewers who would like to explore some hidden gems of French cinema.


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