The films tells the story of six people whose destinies intertwine during the course of a day in Paris.
Born in Lille in 1896, Julien Duvivier was a stage actor and then production assistant on André Antoine’s films before starting as a director in 1919. His prolific career – over 60 films – only ended on his death in 1967. After twenty or so silent movies inspired from many different sources, he attained international recognition in the 1930′s with movies which have become classics of “poetic realism”, notably the sound remake of Poil de carotte (1932), La Belle équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937).
After exile in Hollywood during the war, he returned to France in 1946 but failed to regain his former critical standing, despite such remarkable films as Panique (1947), Voici le temps des assassins (1956) and Pot Bouille (1957). He enjoyed international succes with The Little World of Don Camillo (1951). —Octuor de France
***1/2 Ensemble film with a serial killer desperately searching for his next victim, an old lady looking for some milk for her cats, a striker trying to find a way to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife and a young girl who's just arrved the same morning in Paris. It's Altman 30 years before Altman, it's the opportunity to admire an extraordinary performance by Sylvie, it's Julien Duvivier. Recommended.