La Jument Verte (1959)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Sex Comedy, Farce  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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In this French drama a horse dealer is quite surprised when one of his mares foals a green colt. The verdant critter brings his family fame and fortune. When the mare dies, her picture is hung in a prominent place in the house. It is not long after her death, that the dealer dies, leaving his land to his two sons. Things are well until a jealous neighbor turns them in to the Prussians. When the boy's mother gives herself to a Prussian officer to save her son, she does not realize that her son and his friends are under the bed. The lad swears to have revenge on the traitorous neighbor, and indeed he does. Fifteen years later, the boy seduces his neighbor's daughter. Unfortunately his brother, not knowing of his mother's disgrace, nominates the wicked neighbor for mayor. The vengeful brother is even more enraged when he discovers that the neighbor's family has known about the betrayal all along. To add insult to injury, his daughter has fallen in love with the neighbor's son! Unable to bear it any longer, the brother forces the neighbor's son under his bed and makes him listen to the love-making between the brother and the boy's mother (who willingly sacrifices her honor for him.)

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betrayal, brother, childbirth, daughter, estate, family, France, friendship, hidden, honor [recognition], horse, humiliation, injustice, jealousy, love, mayor, mother, neighbor, officer, portrait, rape, revenge, secrets, son, treason, victim, wealth, will [document]