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Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974)

Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 October 1974 (France)
Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and practices medicine for the money; his wife grows distant, even hostile. The charming ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

Claude Néron (novel), Jean-Loup Dabadie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Vincent
Michel Piccoli ... François
Serge Reggiani ... Paul
Gérard Depardieu ... Jean Lavallee
Stéphane Audran ... Catherine - La femme de Vincent
Marie Dubois ... Lucie - La femme de François
Umberto Orsini ... Jacques
Ludmila Mikaël ... Marie
Antonella Lualdi ... Julia - La femme de Paul
Catherine Allégret ... Colette
Betty Beckers Betty Beckers ... Myriam
Yves Gabrielli Yves Gabrielli ... Michel
Jean Capel Jean Capel ... Jamain
Mohamed Galoul Mohamed Galoul ... Joe Catano
Jacques Richard Jacques Richard ... Armand
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Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and practices medicine for the money; his wife grows distant, even hostile. The charming Vincent, everyone's favorite, faces bankruptcy, his mistress leaves him, and his wife, from whom he's separated, wants a divorce. The strains on the men begin to show particularly in François and Paul's friendship and in Vincent's health. A younger man, Jack, becomes attractive to Lucie, François's wife. Another young friend, the boxer Jean, who's like a son to Vincent and whose girlfriend is pregnant, has taken a bout with a merciless slugger. Has happiness eluded this circle of friends? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France's Most Widely Acclaimed Film of the Year

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Certificate:

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Trivia

Cameo : Claude Néron, author of the novel, as a supporter during the boxing combat. See more »

Connections

Featured in Claude Sautet or the Invisible Magic (2003) See more »

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Challenging
22 May 2005 | by mdefrancSee all my reviews

I would define this movie as an example of a job well done of France's 1970's cinema. The cast is excellent and, as I may already have said in other comments, Sautet's direction acts a magic wand in his works. A little bit like "Je Vous Aime" with Catherine Deneuve and Jean Louis Trintignant, Vincent, Francois, Paul...et les autres shows the "after life" of certain characters trying to cope with their sentimental failures and mix-ups, except the fact that in this movie not everyone is an ex-husband of one of the female stars.

This certainly isn't as dramatic as Sautet's "Les Choses de la Vie" but there is just as much of a bitter final after taste, although everyone is alive at the end. Sautet has thus far left me with a "punch in the stomach feeling after seeing several of his movies. Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud for instance is another one of his unresolved romantic story, where no one knows at the end whose feelings were hurt.

Albeit its solemn Sautenesque tones with regards to love, Vincent, Francois, Paul...et les autres keeps its focus on a bizarre yet strong friendship among several men, preventing their unsolved love relationships to tamper with its strong lesson on the fact that, often times, friends last longer than partners.


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

20 October 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,063
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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