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Very Happy Alexander (1968)

Alexandre le bienheureux (original title)
Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »

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Yves Robert

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Yves Robert (screenplay), Pierre Lévy-Corti (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Alexandre Gartempe
Françoise Brion ... Eliane Gartempe dite La Grande
Marlène Jobert ... Agathe Bordeaux
Paul Le Person ... Sanguin
Tsilla Chelton ... Madame Bouillot
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Le père Lamendin
Pierre Richard ... Colibert
Jean Saudray ... Pinton
Kaly Kaly ... Le chien d'Alexandre
Pierre Barnley Pierre Barnley ... Le curé
Marcel Bernier Marcel Bernier ... Malicorne
Bernard Charlan Bernard Charlan ... Le maire
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien ... Madame Boisseau
Pierre Maguelon ... Verglandier
Marie Marc Marie Marc ... La vieille maman de la Grande
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Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander See more »

Filming Locations:

Alluyes, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Featured in Le bal des casse-pieds (1992) See more »

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Le Ciel, la Terre et l'Eau
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Francis Lemarque
Performed by Isabelle Aubret
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I would love to see this one again!
27 April 2006 | by vmcccSee all my reviews

I have been searching for this film -- in any format -- for years. I saw it twice in two days in the late sixties at a small museum theater that showed mostly foreign and art films. And although it is, admittedly, a slight film and probably no one's idea of a great cinematic masterpiece, it has more charm than 99 out of 100 Hollywood comedies. It may be that the anarchic feeling of the film dovetailed so well with our own rebelliousness of that era. Maybe it was the dog. I imagine running it on a double bill with Marcel Pagnol's "The Baker's Wife" -- now THAT would be something!

I have scoured the websites and catalogs of lots of distributors looking for some evidence that "Alexandre" is out there somewhere, aspiring to a new life on DVD (or even VHS!), but to no avail. Let's hope this charming gem of a comedy is not lost forever -- THAT would be a tragedy!


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