Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978)

Original Title : Préparez vos mouchoirs
Director : Bertrand Blier
Writer : Bertrand Blier
Genre : Comedy
Country : Belgium
Language : French
Producer : Paul Claudon , Georges Dancigers , Alexandre Mnouchkine
Music : Georges Delerue
Photography : Jean Penzer
Distributor : Criterion Collection [us]
IMDB ID : 0078122
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Gérard Depardieu Raoul
Carole Laure Solange
Patrick Dewaere Stéphane
Michel Serrault Le voisin/Neighbor
Eléonore Hirt Madame Beloeil
Jean Rougerie Mr. Beloeil
Sylvie Joly La passante/Passerbeil
Riton Liebman Christian Beloeil (as Riton
Liliane Rovère Bartender
Michel Beaune Le médecin dans la rue
Roger Riffard Le médecin du port
André Thorent Le professeur
André Lacombe Le délégué syndical
David Gabison Le quidam (as Alain David Gabison
Gilberte Géniat L'ouvreuse du théâtre
Jean Perin Un ouvrier
Bertrand De Hautefort Un officier
Philippe Brigaud Le docteur Papillon (uncredited


Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. Although he listens to Mozart and has every Pocket Book arranged in alphabetical order, Stephane fails to cheer Solange. She knits. She does housework. Everyone, including their neighbor a vegetable vendor, agrees that she needs a child, yet she fails to get pregnant by either lover. The three take a job running a kids' summer camp where they meet Christian, the precocious 13-year-old son of the local factory manager. It is Christian who restores Solange to laughter.


A Curious Tale of Giving and Needing "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" is an excellent piece of storytelling and a refreshing film. It flows freely and is full of interesting andengaging twists, one of which is surprising but serves well in tying it all together. Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere play two gentlemen at the mercy of an oddly ailing woman, Solange. Doctors are no help, and the two men obviously mean little to her, but they keep at it and decide that what she needs is a child, which she cannot give birth to. Things happen and as the story unfolds, it brings the viewer in closer and examines happiness from an offbeat angle. If nothing else, "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" is fun and engaging and should not be missed.
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Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978) - Bertrand Blier