One of France’s premiere directors, screenwriters, and producers, Bertrand Tavernier is renowned for making dramas encompassing themes as diverse as familial relationships, World War I, and contemporary social ills. Regardless of the subjects they explore, Tavernier lends his films great introspection and humanity, something that has established him as one of the French cinema’s more progressive and compassionate figures.
Born in Lyon on April 25, 1941, Tavernier grew up with a love of film and wanted to be a director from the age of 13. He was particularly influenced by such American directors as Joseph Losey, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and William Wellman, and – during a spell at the Sorbonne, where he studied law – he became involved in the film industry as an assistant director for Jean-Pierre Melville. Tavernier became then a film critic and worked for prestigious publications as Positif and Cahiers du Cinema. His first feature film, L’Horloger de St. Paul (1974), received international… read more
Splendid script with fully-developed and enjoyable characters (especially the cold, placid Mother). Noiret's performance is solid, as usual, but it's nearly impossible not to sympathize with Galabru's perfectly crafted character of Bouvier: he IS the star here. A mandatory Tavernier and one of his top statements.
i liked to see Noiret and Galabru, which - i think - are among the most sympathic french actors - and i was very interested in the plot of the movie as well as i liked the ending of the movie. if you are not politicaly leftwinged you might be disappointed with this at last, but for me it was a great ending, cause even if this connection, which is made, looked at the first sight far-fetched and somewhat controversial and worthy of discussion, it reveals after all the dissemblance of the bourgeoisie. a quite interesting film, in many cases. for me: 4 stars