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BONHEUR EST DANS LE PRE, LE

SYNOPSIS:
Francis Bergeade is a successful businessman whose life is made miserable by a whingeing, cold wife and whingeing employees in his toilet seat factory. His only pleasures are the gastronomic adventures with his old friend Gerard. His life changes (so do a few others) when a photo bearing a striking resemblance to him is shown on a TV show "Where Are You Now?", when a woman and her own grown-up daughters appeals for contact with her long lost husband.

"A witty black comedy with an imaginative script, delectable performances, mouth wateringly beautiful scenery and immaculate direction. The characters are made especially appealing by their paradoxes; Francis is hard-nosed and insensitive, yet he has a well-developed conscience when it comes to sleeping with another manís wife and spending money that is not his own. Dolores is so gentle, patient and good - yet she matter-of-factly slaughters the ducks on the farm without the flicker of an eye; Nicole is cold and heartless, but throws up violently when she sees Dolores killing the animals. The development of the relationships between the characters is a joy to watch - a real highlight of the film is the unique relationship shared by Francis and Gerard, who punctuate life with memorable gastronomic experiences. This will especially appeal to the kind of audience that revelled in the black comedy in such offerings as Wild Target. And for those wishing to dig beneath the amusing and highly entertaining surface, there lies a more fundamental issue of morality, and whether or not there is harm in building happiness based on a lie. This is a treat for the connoisseur."
- Louise Keller

"The trick in the appealing proposition behind this script is to make us not only accept the possibility of a middle aged, middle class businessman taking such a brave step as to own up to being someone he isnít - but to make us barrack for him, even though he is neither young, handsome, fit of body or even particularly fascinating. But then, this is a French film and the complex details that build character draw us into the world of this ordinary family. Ordinary only insomuch as they are recognisable, because, after all, there are no ordinary people anywhere. But theyíre real, thatís the point, real with their inherent contradictions (or paradoxes as Louise puts it, above), their mistakes and their remarkable ability to adapt and survive in what is, always, a strange world. The film is a joy because it so painlessly yet pointedly reflects on the human condition. With love."
- Andrew L. Urban

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LE BONHEUR EST DANS LE PRE (M15+)
(France)

CAST: Michel Serrault, Eddy Mitchell, Sabine Azema, Carmen Maura, Francois Morel, Guilaine Londez, Virginie Drmon, Alexandra London, Christophe Kourotchkine,

DIRECTOR: Etienne Chatiliez

PRODUCER: Charles Gassot

SCRIPT: Sophie Thevenet-Becker

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Philippe Welt

EDITOR: Anne-Laure LaFarge

RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: New Vision

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 27, 1997

(French with English subtitles.)







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