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Le Feu Follet (1963)

Original Title : Feu follet, Le
Director : Louis Malle
Writer : Pierre Drieu La Rochelle
Louis Malle
Genre : Drama
Country : Italy
Language : French
Photography : Ghislain Cloquet
Distributor : Gibraltar Productions, Governor Films, New Yorker Video, Video Film Express
IMDB ID : 0057058
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poster for "Le Feu Follet" by Louis Malle (1963)
Le Feu Follet (1963) - Louis Malle
 

Starring

Maurice Ronet Alain Leroy
Léna Skerla Lydia
Yvonne Clech Mademoiselle Farnoux
Hubert Deschamps D'Averseau
Jean-Paul Moulinot Dr. La Barbinais
Mona Dol Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier Moraine
René Dupuy Charlie (as René Dupuis)
Bernard Tiphaine Milou
Bernard Noël Dubourg
Ursula Kubler Fanny
Jeanne Moreau Eva
Alain Mottet Urcel
François Gragnon François Minville
Romain Bouteille Jerome Minville
 

Plot

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good old days' friends. None of them will be helpful, increasing Alain's distress. Life has become unbearably painful for Alain who is in his early 30s. He once used alcohol to dull the pain. His estranged wife in New York has paid for a cure at a clinic in Versailles and sends an emissary, one of the many woman he has known, to see how Alain is. She sees only the surface as does his doctor, who says it's time for Alain to leave the clinic. He goes to Paris the next morning and has lunch with old friends, a rendezvous in a cafe and is invited to a dinner party. Will Alain make a connection that will change his mind about ending it all?
 

Comments

This is really one of the best Louis Malle films, and one of the best French films, thanks to the excellent novel, the directing, and the actors, especially Maurice Ronet. He is a real good actor and we can see through him, a really special role. And even if Louis Malle made some extraordinary films like Au revoir les enfants, this one is a masterpiece. Please see this great film.