La croix et la bannière (1962)



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Cast overview:
Eveline Eyfel Eveline Eyfel ... Gaël
Michel Galabru ... Bob
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Jacques
Fulbert Janin Fulbert Janin
Jacqueline Fontaine


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Release Date:

7 March 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cross and the Banner See more »

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Films Saint-Germain See more »
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Beautifully poetic ending makes it a real gem.
5 January 2007 | by FilmSocietyMtlSee all my reviews

The thing you will initially notice most about this film is the fact that there is no dialogue for an uncomfortably long time after the opening credits. It opens with a sort of cat and mouse game in a bustling French metropolis; A shoplifter steals a gem-encrusted cross-and-banner-shaped necklace and decides to temporarily hide it inside a purse sitting on a store shelf. What he does not count on is a beautiful young woman immediately buying the purse and taking it home with her, oblivious to the fact that valuable jewels are hidden inside it. The rest of the film has the would-be thief desperately trying to arrange a meeting with the woman so he may reclaim his stashed goods. What appears to be the beginning of a dark love triangle, ends in tragedy so poetically played out it takes your breath away.

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