A contemporary picaresque novel on a high level, in which questions of morality and society, desire and crime fight for supremacy. What use is a contemporary Robin Hood in the 21st century?
Fred and Elodie live in a slum district of Saint-Etienne. They are young and have a daughter. Fred works in a garage and a sense of generosity makes him give away the little money he earns. When Elodie has had enough of her husband’s inconsistent behaviour, she leaves him. Fred is very upset and decides to find her, whatever the cost. He robs a post office and flees with Sandrine, his childhood sweetheart who is still in love with him. While escaping, they meet Maguette, an African magician and son of a king who makes sure that angels protect them. Their journey takes them to the Luberon region, where Sandrine and Maguette teach Fred a lesson. Les savates du bon Dieu, a beautiful Marxist melodrama, is funny, ironic, tender, violent and rebellious. Brisseau mixes the great film genres with style and honesty: film noir, western, comedy, melodrama, political film, social drama. It is one of his most ambitious and daring films. Money, power and injustice – the class struggle is ubiquitous. Les savates du bon Dieu emerges as an route of initiation to Fred’s destiny, made possible by the love and education of Sandrine, his lover, one of the most powerful and beautiful characters form the oeuvre of Jean-Claude Brisseau.
Jean-Claude Brisseau (born 17 July 1944) is a French filmmaker best known for his 2002 film Secret Things (“Choses Secrètes”) and his 2006 film The Exterminating Angels (“Les Anges exterminateurs”).
In 2002 he was arrested on charges of harassment, fined and given a suspended one-year prison sentence. The plaintiffs were three women who had performed sex acts in front of him during their auditions. This was to form the basis of the The Exterminating Angels film.
He was formerly a professor at La Femis (Paris). His film Céline was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the France Culture Award in 2003 for Secret Things; in 1988 he was awarded the Special Award for the Youth. —Wikipedia