Les bancals (1983)

Antoine, a lonely and grumbling chap, lives in a small flat inside a more or less abandoned house in the rear of some outskirts; being slightly disabled -as a child he got accidentally ... See full summary »


Hervé Lièvre




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Crauchet ... Antoine
Albert Delpy ... Alain
Gilbert Bahon Gilbert Bahon ... Patron furieux du restaurant
Mathieu Barbey Mathieu Barbey ... Copain du café rouge
Max Berto Max Berto ... Copain de la rue jaune
François-Marie de Casabianca François-Marie de Casabianca ... Homme louche
Jacques Cellerin Jacques Cellerin ... Automobiliste piétiné
Fabrice Costa Fabrice Costa ... Technocrate taxeur
Daffo Daffo ... Boulangère
Bernard Galdin Bernard Galdin ... Médecin
Claude Harold Claude Harold ... Pilier de bistro
Jean-Claude Jay Jean-Claude Jay ... Caissier affable
Jacky Le Bailly Jacky Le Bailly ... Danseuse abandonnée
Jack Letot Jack Letot ... Automobiliste
Francine Malaval Francine Malaval ... Danseuse


Antoine, a lonely and grumbling chap, lives in a small flat inside a more or less abandoned house in the rear of some outskirts; being slightly disabled -as a child he got accidentally blown up on a war mine-, he cuts himself of from the rest of the world, the only relationship and communication he holds are with his canary bird. Alain, about 30 years old, has no sentimental, professional or family ties. Each of them stays in his own area, one being centrifugal, the other one being centripetal. Chance, or destiny, as may be, will provoke the meeting of these two somewhat special characters. Then, new relations will grow from mere observation to kind affection, from help to curiosity, from friend-ship to suspicion, from empathy to exasperation, and from comprehension to denial. Up to the point where, according to the laws of nature, or mere wickedness -as may be- they come to stupidly destroy each other. It is this history of relations, as they are lived through and supported by ... Written by Hervé Lièvre

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18 May 1983 (France) See more »

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Lames' lament
16 May 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is one of the rare movies in which talented stage actor Paul Crauchet plays the lead.A bittersweet comedy ,which tragically ends ,Hervé Lièvre's first effort is not very commercial ,but ,although too repetitive and sometimes monotonous,it displays a certain charm ,and we do care for these two pitiful anti-heroes ,who nibble at Petits Beurres Lu (biscuits) in a gloomy hospital, enjoy Blanquette De Veau (veal in white sauce)in a restaurant where they serve this dish every Wednesday or watch a politician talking about a new tax before bursting out laughing (the only surrealist moment in the whole film).

Two lame people, the old one,Antoine, because he stepped on a mine on a beach when he was a boy (prologue),the younger ,Alain,because he is a misfit of sorts , a professional unemployed person ;both live on the fringe of society ,on the grumpy disabled man's pension.

To live together in a seedy house which smells moldy is not so easy.Alain wants to enliven his pal's life ,he wants him to have sex,but Antoine,with the sole company of a canary -whose life will end in the garbage can- ,is resigned to his fate ,blasé, born loser since destiny made him a crippled man;he resents his youth ,his happy-go-lucky attitude;after all,he is nothing but a scrounger,who never seems to be looking for a job.

The resentment having been build for months,friendship (is it really friendship?Or most likely the fear of ending his live alone for one,of becoming totally homeless for the other) turns into hatred . One can regret that the final scene uses the stormy night,complete with thunder,a hackneyed trick.

It was a promising start for Hervé Lièvre ,who has sadly remained an unknown artist to this day.

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