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The Best Way to Walk (1976)

La meilleure façon de marcher (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 March 1976 (France)
In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors. Marc is very virile, while Philippe is more reserved. A night, Marc surprises Philippe... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

Claude Miller (scenario), Luc Béraud (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Dewaere ... Marc
Patrick Bouchitey ... Philippe
Christine Pascal Christine Pascal ... Chantal
Claude Piéplu ... Camp director
Marc Chapiteau Marc Chapiteau ... Gerard
Michel Blanc ... Deloux
Michel Such Michel Such ... Leni
Frank D'Ascanio Frank D'Ascanio ... Herve
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In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors. Marc is very virile, while Philippe is more reserved. A night, Marc surprises Philippe dressed and made-up like a woman. From now on, he will keep on humiliating Philippe... Written by Yepok

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En Iyi Yürüme Tarzi See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,793
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AMLF, Filmoblic, Cinémag See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The title is inspired by a holiday camp song. The lyrics are: The best way to walk, after all, is ours. It's to put a foot in front of the other and then doing it again. See more »

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Features Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »

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La Meilleure Façon De Marcher : A great ''Claude Miller" film with excellent performances by two Patricks :) Patrick Dewaere and Patrick Bouchitey.
18 June 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

In the history of French cinema, "La Meilleure Façon De Marcher" is considered an important film for two main reasons. Firstly, it is the best film directed by French director Claude Miller who has made extremely personal films about his protagonists: young and old alike, who show tremendous intellectual growth in order to emerge victorious despite facing tough personal problems. He was inspired by the giant of Swedish cinema Ingmar Bergman who once remarked that it is after having faced humiliation that a person gets the chance to be mature in life. This film is highly authentic as it is true to life in its depiction of events which happen both in a camp setting as well as in an educational setup. One has to simply watch one of his film better films "L'Effrontée" starring Charlotte Gainsbourg in order to comprehend how close he places himself in order to understand the tough world of his protagonists. Secondly, this is an ideal film for learning more about famous French actor Patrick Dewaere who has excelled in anti hero role. The best way to walk is entertaining in its own manner while revealing a straight relationship angle involving an oppressor and his oppressed victim. As there is a free exchange of feelings and sentiments between these two persons, one gets the feeling that there is some sort of mutual appreciation for each other despite some simmering tension. From this film, it has been established without doubt that apart from the greatest "God" of French actors Monsieur Jean Gabin, if there is an actor who displays tremendous sense of screen presence and a range of diverse performances in French cinema then it is Patrice Dewaere who has won innumerable hearts with his films. In 'La Meilleure Façon De Marcher", one can retain his attitude of meanness with serenity. It is a shame that some so called established critics have failed to correctly assess this film's qualities as one of them has observed that this film suffers from a weak end which is utter non sense as it is a perfect device to depict two different time periods in which the film's protagonists have lived. One can conclude this film's assessment by stating that it shows that the best way to walk in any situation is to put best foot forward. It also depicts that one can tell the truth but have to be ready to pay the prize for doing it.


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