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Beau-Père (1981)

Original Title : Beau-père
Director : Bertrand Blier
Writer : Bertrand Blier
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Alain Sarde
Music : Philippe Sarde
Photography : Sacha Vierny
IMDB ID : 0082054
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poster for "Beau-Père" by Bertrand Blier (1981)
Beau-Père (1981) - Bertrand Blier
 

Starring

Patrick Dewaere Rémi
Ariel Besse Marion
Maurice Ronet Charly
Geneviève Mnich Simone
Maurice Risch Nicolas
Macha Méril La maîtresse de maison (anniversaire
Rose Thiéry Mme Doullens/Landlord's Wife
Pierre Le Rumeur Le pédiatre/Pediatrician
 

Plot

Remy is morose, nearing 30 with his career as a musician going nowhere and his eight-year marriage to Martine souring. Then, Martine dies in a car crash, and Marion, her 14-year-old, wants to stay rather than move to her father's. Remy likes the idea: he loves her, he's raised her, and she offers him emotional responsibility. Marion's father objects, but she's willful, so he relents. Soon, she tells Remy she finds him attractive, that she's now "a woman," and why can't they be lovers. Remy is appalled, but weakens, missing her when she spends Christmas with her dad. What if they do become lovers? What next? And what if a women more his age enters the picture?
 

Comments

SUPERIOR DIVERSION A superior work that takes itself seriously, but avoids the tiresome moralizing so often accompnaying American films of the same subject matter. See it if you can.