After serving five years in an American prison for drug dealing, Bruno (Patrick Dewaere) returns to France clean and sober to begin a new life. Yet his angry father, Rene (Yves Robert), blames his son’s shame for his wife’s death…
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Very solid subtle drama about inner struggle and substance abuse. Really good takes on the impenetrable society structures and the subdued marginalization that happens all over. Patrick Dewaere is remarkable, what a loss that he died young. And Dussart's monologue by Jacques Dufilho was exceptional, such a deserved Cesar win.
A man just out of prison goes out to find a place in society he struggles to connect with his father, searches for work and purpose and finds love. Drug addiction is treated as a revolving door as an aside to life and freedom. This to me is a true film about freedom. After years go buy the man has learned the virtues of a hard life.
Exceptionally moving. Appreciated that the plot did not feel contrived. We simply watch the characters live their lives of quiet desperation, and see how they respond to their own demons and the demons of others. Patrick Dewaere is perfect in the role of a sensitive, thoughtful man--far from the "social cancer" his bitter father calls him. Jacques Dufilho is wonderful as Dussart: frustrated yet caring and generous.
This film pulled me into the meta awareness of cinema as a 'screen-play'. The blocking, cinematography, and overall art direction established a simple architecture. With a wholesome cast and performance, the intensity never became overbearing, or too self fulfilling. Tense scene's like good-bye's or arguments never lingered too long as--just as in life-- the film moves on without letting you hold on too firmly.