Remarkably, impeccably average. The retired boxer, the naive protege, the tug of young, distracting love - it's a tale as old as time, and any superior characterization or distractingly star performance is undercut by its pedestrian material. Even so, it's a must for completionists of Carne and Gabin.
Charming actors and a well-made film. Carne proves himself as a solid craftsman in this '50's boxing tale. You know, this movie actually "feels" very much of its time. It just looks and feels like a 50's film. (go figure, right?) Very good lighting for the actors, great framing, music and a delightful (albeit traditional) story. It's a very solid film and I love the style of this filmmaking.