Dir. Bertrand Blier, 1977, France. 108 min. Color DCP
With Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere
In French with English subtitles
Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere, and Carole Laure star in this sweet and funny exploration of love and its shifting configurations. Doting spouse Raoul attempts to alleviate the depression of his wife Solange, and on a whim decides to open their marriage up to accommodate school teacher Stéphane. The bookish Stéphane fails to cheer Solange—who instead turns her attention to a brainy 13-year-old, Christian.
Bertrand Blier’s audacious sex comedy won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
“The purest expression of Blier’s comic métier, treating naughty ideas with the straightest of faces.” — Robert Abele, LA Times
“Exuberant and highly inventive.” — Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Very funny, very wise & happily subversive.” — Newsweek
Introduction by Bingham Bryant
Bingham Bryant is a director, producer, writer and film programmer based in New York City.