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La maison Tellier (2008)


Colo Tavernier (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagan), Guy de Maupassant (short story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Jacob ... Odile Tellier
Bruno Lochet ... Jean
Aurelia Crebessegues Aurelia Crebessegues ... Loulou (as Aurélia Crebessegues)
Eglantine Rembauville-Nicolle ... Framboise (as Eglantine Rembauville)
Sophie Quinton ... Gueule d'ange
Céline Vitcoq ... Marie Salope
Karina Marimon Karina Marimon ... Germaine
Eric Métayer ... Le pharmacien
Vincent Winterhalter Vincent Winterhalter ... Le notaire
Romain Vissol Romain Vissol ... Fredo
Paul Minthe Paul Minthe ... Le curé
Nicky Marbot Nicky Marbot ... Ferdinand
Aurélien Ringelheim Aurélien Ringelheim ... Désiré
Jean-Luc Couchard Jean-Luc Couchard ... Bolbec
Romain Redler Romain Redler ... Martin


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Release Date:

29 April 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tellier ház See more »

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M.F.P., France 2 (FR2) See more »
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Version of La maison Tellier (1981) See more »

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Madam does not light the candle tonight
22 May 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This famous short story by Guy De Maupassant was first one of the three segments of Max Ophuls's "Le Plaisir" .It was highly successful although the actresses were too beautiful (Danielle Darrieux....)whereas Maupassant's depictions were not really flattering.

Ditto for Elisabeth Rappeneau :her prostitutes are too attractive and have physically nothing in common with Maupassant's characters .

That said ,it is above average MTV stuff .All that takes place in the house of the madam's brother's farm rings true: the sister-in-law eager to latch on to Madame Tellier's inheritance ;the vicar coming to bless the house and the Communion meal -and sipping a glass of wine at the same time;and above all the dreams of these women who are actually victims ;they tell us so :they dream of true love ,of romantic stories ,of something they'll never live .In this context,the romance (one of the farm boys falls in love with one of the whores he mistakes for a fashion model) not featured in the short story ,makes sense .And the ending,faithful like a dog to the writer's spirit (although very different from the funny epilogue "fresh cod was delivered " -the girls are back-) Elisabeth Rappeneau failed for the scene in the church;it must be very difficult to film it so she can be forgiven :the priest overplays and is almost unbearable whilst the prostitutes never find the right attitude .In Max Ophuls's work,although the sequence was visually admirable,I do not think that Maupassant's anti -clericalism was intact in the process.

A good TV work anyway with Catherine Jacob as the stand-out.

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