ANTOINE AND ANTOINETTE

Directed by Jacques Becker | Written by Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe and Françoise Giroud
US release date: September 25, 2013
Directed by Jacques Becker | Written by Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe and Françoise Giroud
With Roger Pigaut, Claire Mafféi, Noël Roquevert
78 min, Comedy, Drama, France, 1947

(1947) NEW RESTORATION

Pauvre mais beau, but c’est la vie for struggling pulp publishing house worker Roger Pigaut and his wife, the radiant Claire Mafféi, a department store photo booth operator, who runs a veritable book club with the rejects her husband brings home, as he dreams of a motorcycle and rope dances along the edge of their rooftop, with time out for l’amour avant le dîner.
A real slice of life, where neighbors casually pop in through garret windows, Pigaut lines his shoes with newspaper cut-outs, insinuating greengrocer Noël Roquevert saves the best leeks for Mafféi, who sometimes blows a sou or two on a silly lottery ticket... but what if they won the big one? What if they lost the ticket? What if...? A triumph of the unsung Becker’s cinema style: discreetly moving camera, cuts on movement and action, and a steady if relentless pace that gave Becker a gift for pure narrative. The only film ever to be awarded the Cannes Festival’s Prix du meilleur film psychologique et d’amour — Best Psychological and Love Film!
 


Opens in the US on September 25, 2013

- NYC on September 25, 2013 at Film Forum
 
This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.

US Distribution:
Rialto Pictures
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