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Le Pélican

Country: France

Genre: Crime, Drama



Paul (Gerard Blain) has been imprisoned for eight years for passing counterfeit money. He feels victimized enough, both for the prison time and for the crime which led to it; he committed the crime to give his wife the nice things she asked him for. When he discovers that she has remarried a quite wealthy man, he is outraged. However, his ire is not due to her disloyalty to him; he loved their only son, Marc, to distraction, and now the boy has no knowledge or memory of him.

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  • Gérard Blain
  • César Chauveau
    (Marc à 10 ans)
  • Dominique Ravix
  • Julie Ravix
  • Régis Blain
    (Marc à 2 ans)
  • Daniel Sarky

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Gérard Blain was a former boy actor himself and had several major adult roles, including in Truffaut's first film, Les Mistons, and Chabrol's excellent diptych Le Beau Serge and Les Cousins, before becoming a director. His cinematic style is definitely not everyone's cup of tea -- he told his actors not to project emotion, for instance -- but I love his works. This film has a lot to do with his experiences of emotional neglect in childhood and his intense love for his own sons. Les <<Amis>>, his outstanding semiautobiographical first film, tells the story of an intergenerational relationship and won the Golden Leopard at the 1971 Locarno film festival. Pierre et Djemila, his 1987 Romeo and Juliet story about a French boy and an Algerian-French girl, is somewhat overlooked now but also very fine.

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