Le Petit Chose (1938)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Maurice Cloche's second directorial effort was Le Petit Chose, released in the U.S. as The Little Thing. Based on a novel by Alphonse Daudet, the film stars Robert Lynen and Jean Marcaton as two brothers. While Marcaton is sober and sensible, Lynen is a poetic dreamer. Forced to make his way in the cold cruel world, Lynen attempts to adopt his brother's level-headedness, but it all goes out the window when he falls in love with pretty Janine Darcy. The film's best performance is delivered by Charpin as a furrow-browed porcelain manufacturer. Almost as good is Arletty as a worldly courtesan and Le Vigan as a flamboyant fencing instructor.