Victor (1951)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Victor was adapted from the popular stage play by Henri Bernstein. The title character, played by Jean Gabin, is a good-hearted soul who is willing to sacrifice his own well-being for the sake of others. Smitten by Francoise (Francoise Christophe), the wife of his friend Marc (Jacques Castelot), Victor willingly accepts responsibility for a crime committed by Marc. He uncomplainingly serves a prison sentence, whereupon the conscience-stricken Francoise offers to make love to him. But Victor decides that he'd rather Francoise love him for himself, rather than merely out of pity. A sad ending? Not quite: Victor's luck has to change sometime -- and it does, spectacularly.