Monsieur (1964)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy, West Germany  |  
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Left a young widower, banker Monsieur (Jean Gabin) discovers that his late wife was having an affair before her death. About to end his life after the news, he is rescued from his misery by a prostitute who was once his maid. Deciding to make a change in his life, he abandons his old one and becomes a valet, passing the girl off as his daughter. Now working for a wealthy man, Monsieur finds that his employer's lonely wife is tempted to try out another's affection. Monsieur saves the day by dissuading the wife, falling in love with the prostitute and deciding to reclaim his prior fortune. This French comedy is adapted by Claude Sautet and Pascal Jardin from a play by Claude Gevel. Sautet would go on to direct some impressive features, including the more recent Un Coeur En Himer/Heart in Winter (1992) and Nelly et M. Arnaud/Nelly and Mr. Arnaud (1995) starring the talented Emmanuelle Beart.

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bank, boss [employer], chance, daughter, death, deception, employer/employee, employment, extramarital-affair, family, life, love, maid, meeting, neglect, past, prostitute/prostitution, rage, suicide, temptation, time, valet [servant], widow/widower, wife