6.6/10
25
1 user

Le petit Marcel (1976)

Marcel, a young provincial, inherits the truck of his deceased father. He goes to the suburbs of Paris where he thinks he will find work as an independent carrier.

Director:

Jacques Fansten
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Philippe's fate depends on a child's birth.

Director: Michel Drach
Stars: Christina Bendz, James Campbell, Marcel Cuvelier
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American group of exchange students come to Paris to study the language and culture for a year. The film depicts the various interactions between the students and the instructors, ... See full summary »

Director: Willard Huyck
Stars: Miles Chapin, Blanche Baker, David Marshall Grant
Summer Lovers (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, Valérie Quennessen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young farmer, Pierre reads a friendship with John and his sister Sonia, young bourgeois, who invite him to their home. Pierre soon falls in love with Emily, John's mistress. After the ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Berry
Stars: Jean Seberg, Yves Beneyton, Pierre Blaise
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A loving couple Martin and Lea have some problems with each other too.

Director: Alain Cavalier
Stars: Isabelle Ho, Xavier Saint-Macary, Cécile Le Bailly
Aloïse (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The unsuccessful Swiss artist Aloïse Corbaz finds work at the court of the German emperor and gets infatuated. Showing frank symptoms of insanity she is hospitalized.

Director: Liliane de Kermadec
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Delphine Seyrig, Marc Eyraud
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Klouk drives a station wagon with his friends.

Director: Alain Cavalier
Stars: Patrick Bouchitey, Etienne Chicot, Bernard Crombey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story about Pierre Riviere, who tired of the constants demands of her mother to her father decides to kill her, but also his brother and his sister.

Director: Christine Lipinska
Stars: Jacques Spiesser, André Rouyer, Max Vialle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A 17-year-old high school student, Jenny Kern, is found dead from cold and exhaustion in the suburbs of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Director: Patricia Moraz
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christine Pascal, Mathieu Carrière
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During a three-day pleasure cruise, a murder victim's friend (John Halliday) tries to trick a new bride (Nancy Carroll) into admitting her guilt.

Director: Paul Sloane
Stars: Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, John Halliday
Örökség (1980)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1936. Sylvia a rich but sterile woman, marries Akos but needs an heir to inherit her father's money. She bribes Irene a Jewish girl to have a child by her husband.

Director: Márta Mészáros
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Lili Monori, Jan Nowicki
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Julien seeks to reconquer Jeanne, his ex-wife, of whom he is separated and who lives with another man. He is prepared to go far to make it happen.

Director: Jean-François Adam
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Bruno Ganz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Spiesser ... Marcel
Isabelle Huppert ... Yvette
Yves Robert ... Le commissaire Mancini
Michel Aumont ... Taron
Pierre-Olivier Scotto Pierre-Olivier Scotto ... Bernard
Anouk Ferjac ... Marie-Paule Mancini
Jean Dasté ... Berger
Maurice Bénichou ... Garcia
Hubert Gignoux Hubert Gignoux ... Le maire
Jean Lescot Jean Lescot ... Le Dantec
Jean-François Balmer ... Pottier
Michel Baumann Michel Baumann
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Toutain
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce
Guilhaine Dubos Guilhaine Dubos
Edit

Storyline

Marcel, a young provincial, inherits the truck of his deceased father. He goes to the suburbs of Paris where he thinks he will find work as an independent carrier.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Marcel See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A trick of a truck
8 April 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie was too ahead if its time for its own good;the political movie was trendy in the seventies in Frence but these flicks were spectacular,Manichaean,with lots of events-of-May-68 thrown in for good measure.The cops and the politicians were the villains ,the young gents (they were often students,journalists lawyers ,teachers,etc)were the heroes.

Actually,"Le Petit Marcel " (the title is deceptive ,making the viewer think he's going to watch a comedy)is Pialat's overrated "Passe Ton Bac d'Aboard" (=take your high school diploma before) forerunner.With one exception,this youth has no "Bac" to take .They have become rebels without a cause ,they do not go to school anymore,they do odd jobs now and then .In the town where they live ,nothing was made for them .

Enter Marcel (Jacques Spiesser): he's got nothing but an old lorry and he hopes he 'll make enough dough to buy a garage.He,too ,does casual work ,being the mover for a retired teacher who leaves his old house for a public housing unit(significantly,the teacher will not reappear again although the book he gave to Marcel plays a small part in the plot)

Marcel seems a good guy ,but there are cracks in the mirror:although he seems to be part of the pack,he 's more a witness than an player ;although he sleeps with a girl of the pack (Isabelle Huppert),she's finally a pain in the neck to him ;although he seems at odd with the police,the captain fascinates him with his educated wife (Anouk Ferjac),his desirable house and his billiard table .Some of his friends belong to the far right wing,they smashed his young friends's face in ,but he begins to realize that his world is no longer theirs.

Marcel is almost a neuter character;he does not want to get involved in the pack's business.Jacques Spiesser was ideally cast as Marcel.Except during the last scenes,he seems to be overtaken by events.Jacques Spiesser excels in this kind of parts:remember the pacifist soldier in Boisset's "RAS",the geographer in " La Victoire En Chantant " aka" Black and White in Colors " by Annaud .In the three movies,his evolution is stunning: a positive rebellion in the movie about the Algeria War ,his character takes no longer a rebel stand in the two other movies.A war profiteer in Annaud's work,he ,little by little ,becomes an informer.One will never praise Yves Robert's performance enough too : he knows that Marcel lost his father several years ago and that he never overcame the pain.Marcel ,unconsciously,sees the figure of a father.Robert plays a "human" captain ,who,unlike his subalterns who humiliate the young man,treats him gently , friendly ,kindly...Marcel,who is not very clever,cannot see what his game is .He is akin to Louis Malle's "Lucien Lacombe" ;like him ,he tries to find a way to get out of his wretched situation.

The last scene,one of the strongest of the French cinema of the seventies ,makes sense.Now that he has betrayed his friends ,now that he has lost his lorry,he can join his "father"'s side without tears.Marcel is not good,he's not bad either.He's an immature person:like Malle's Lucien was fascinated by a suit and a tie ,Marcel dreams of beautiful blue uniform."Le petit Marcel" is the best political movie of the FRench seventies.With its plot where nothing (or almost nothing ) happens,it 's better than any Boisset's

or Cayatte 's stuff of the era.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed