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The Bar at the Crossing (1972)

Le bar de la fourche (original title)
In 1916, Vincent van Horst leaves Europe to return to his Canadian homeland. There, he seeks his former love, Maria... but the lady's pride is hurt and she refuses to see him. Vincent then ... See full summary »


Alain Levent


François Boyer (dialogue), Gilbert De Voisins (novel) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Brel ... Vincent van Horst
Rosy Varte Rosy Varte ... Maria
Malka Ribowska Malka Ribowska ... Jane Holly
Gabriel Jabbour Gabriel Jabbour ... Mosé
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Nicky Holly
Guy Parigot Guy Parigot ... Le juge
Gérard Victor Gérard Victor ... Robinson
Claude Baret Claude Baret ... John Mc Brown (as Claude Barey)
Robert Angebaud Robert Angebaud ... Le patron (as Robert Anjebaud)
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Carletti
Gérard Darman Gérard Darman ... Le valet
Luc Hinterseber Luc Hinterseber ... Jimmy
Diane Kurys ... Christie
Andrée Champeaux Andrée Champeaux ... La patronne de la maison close
Pierre-François Pistorio Pierre-François Pistorio ... Olivier


In 1916, Vincent van Horst leaves Europe to return to his Canadian homeland. There, he seeks his former love, Maria... but the lady's pride is hurt and she refuses to see him. Vincent then falls for a younger woman, Annie. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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23 August 1972 (France) See more »

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Bar na skrzyzowaniu See more »

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Alice's restaurant 1917
26 March 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The original soundtrack features a Brel song written for the movie called "La Chanson De Van Horst",the last verse of which is particularly depressing;but depressing,the movie is not.

It tells the Canadian adventures of a Flemish man(!),a raider ,who meets a young lad and introduces him to the joys of life .While the Europeans are waging war (it's 1917) ,the place the two heroes wind up in ,"Le Bar De La Fourche" (the pitchfork bar),is the "peace bar" ,where they spit on the army recruiter who wants these revelers to die gloriously for the Alsace and the Lorraine.But Van Horst and his artless fellow are more interested in women,and they both want to marry Annie Smith (Isabelle Huppert,her debut if we do not count her very small part in "Faustine Ou Le Bel Eté").

Unfortunately ,the screenplay is desultory ,and the director leaves his actors to their own devices,which leads good ones such as Rosy Varte and Brel himself to overplay."Le Bar De La Fourche" has its moments ,but, as a whole ,it's sometimes boring.

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