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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 »


Joël Séria


Joël Séria
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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


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 ...

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Jeanne Goupil made the paintings used in the film. See more »


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Sex and tradition in rural Brittany.
5 September 2002 | by silveraukSee all my reviews

This original sexual comedy by the director Joël Séria, who also made the popular TV-series "Nestor Burma", is full of unexpected situations between a man and women. A salesman of umbrellas, Henri Serin (a magnificent Jean-Pierre Marielle), is having sex with all the women of which he paints a portrait and which he encounters during his travels. While one is cooking in her kitchen, he is painting. Once he is invited but immediately expelled when he wants to unfold her traditional ribbon. Henri Serin falls for a very young woman which he can seduce while making a portrait of her. His only friend is a modernist priest (Romain Bouteille) who likes to talk with him in the local bar. Henri Serin does not think of tomorrow and lives "la vie d'artiste". Life is beautiful and sex is life.

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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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