Tag Archives: Jacques Dufilho

Robin Davis – Ce cher Victor (1975)

Plot Synopsis: Anselme, a fussy, retired grocer has borne the brunt of abuse from Victor, a despotic and infantile tyrant whom he has known for forty years, and with whom he shares lodgings. Victor humiliates Anselme at a society gathering and the latter plots a cruel joke that will drive the former insane. (BFI) 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 »

Jean-Jacques Annaud – La victoire en chantant AKA Noirs et blancs en couleur AKA Black and White in Color [+extras] (1976)

Synopsis:
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make “proper” soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the “war” after several bungles on the part of the others. (IMDb) Read More »