Tag Archives: Claude Berri

Maurice Pialat – Janine (1962)

Janine (1962)

Two men are disappointed by women and united by a whore. Read More »

Claude Berri – L’Un reste, l’autre part AKA One Stays, the Other Leaves (2005)

“I try to make films that move people when they are in the theater and make them think only after they leave.” Claude Berri

L’un reste, L’autre part is the story of two old time friends, both in their fifties, both married, who fall for two younger women. The cast is nothing less than stellar: Daniel Auteuil, Nathalie Baye, Pierre Arditi, Miou-Miou and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Attal’s real-life wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg, appears as one of two romantic foils a character drama in which over-middle-age men fall in love with younger women and must confront the ramifications of ending their marriages (one does and one doesn’t, or so the title would have you believe). Read More »

Serge Gainsbourg – Stan the Flasher (1990)

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The story of Stan, a misunderstood poet, who makes a living teaching English to schoolchildren while writing a screenplay on the side. Read More »

Claude Berri – Le vieil homme et l’enfant AKA The Two of Us (1967)

Synopsis:
A young Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France’s liberation. Forced to hide his identity, the eight-year-old, Claude (played delicately by first-time actor Alain Cohen), bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa (Michel Simon), who improbably becomes his friend and confidant. Poignant and lighthearted, The Two of Us was acclaimed director Claude Berri’s debut feature, based on own childhood experiences, and gave the legendary Simon one of his most memorable roles in the twilight of his career. Read More »

Claude Berri – Une femme de ménage AKA A Housekeeper (2002)

Synopsis:
One of France’s most respected filmmakers, Claude Berri here brings viewers the story of Jacques (Jean-Pierre Bacri) a middle-aged sound engineer whose wife has just left him. Living on his own for the first time in years, Jacques decides it’s high time to clean up his life, literally and figuratively. In short order he hires Laura (Emilie Dequenne, a bright, vivacious young housekeeper, to bring order to his apartment. Laura’s presence makes Jacques realize what has been missing from his life, and as their relationship evolves over the subsequent months, both Jacques and Laura gain uncomfortable knowledge of one another, and of themselves. Read More »

Claude Berri – Germinal (1993)

Synopsis:
In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town’s workers are exploited by the mine’s owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them. Read More »

Claude Berri – Sex-shop (1972)

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The owner of a bookshop in Paris suffers a personal crisis. In order to solve it he decides to convert his library into a sex-shop but the only effect is that he turns himself into a sexual obsessive man. Written by Volker Boehm Read More »