Tag Archives: Brigitte Fossey

Jean-Gabriel Albicocco – Le grand Meaulnes AKA The Wanderer (1967)

Quote:
“No film is so enchanting but ultimately tragic as Le Grand Meaulnes, based on the classic novel of the same title written by Alain-Fournier, his only novel published the year after he was killed in the first World War.

I’ll need to start with the novel since it is so fundamental to the film. Whoever read it in their youth can never forget it. It influenced Jack Kerouac, and thus became the only book that Sal Paradise carried with him in On the Road. Author John Fowles considered it “the greatest novel of adolescence in European literature.” In the U.S, it is usually translated as The Wanderer, a fitting title. Read More »

Claude Sautet – Un mauvais fils AKA A Bad Son (1980)

The conflict between the generations is a recurring theme in the cinema of Claude Sautet. Often as not, it is peripheral to the main drama, but in Un mauvais fils it is absolutely central, the lightning conductor in a raging emotional thunderstorm. The fraught relationship between a middle-aged father and his estranged son Bruno is mirrored by one of a gentler hue, that between a gay bookshop owner and his attractive employee Catherine, who is his adopted daughter in all but name. Bruno appears to have more in common with Catherine, a perfect stranger, than with his father, and so whilst one relationship withers, another flourishes. Read More »

Claude Faraldo – Les fleurs du miel AKA The Honey Flowers (1976)

Synopsis:
‘While doing his job as a delivery driver, Paul stumbles into a violent domestic argument. Just as the well-to-do couple are coming to blows, he intervenes to prevent the violence from going further. The two turn to him to judge the merit of their disagreements and invite him to dinner. What follows becomes a small adventure in understanding for everyone.’
– Clarke Fountain Read More »