Le Roi De La Chine (1984)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Three down-and-out characters animate this imaginative demi-monde of the dispossessed: Genie (Marylin Even), a young female alcoholic whose mental faculties have been damaged by her drinking; Gregor (Fran├žois Balmer) the "King of China" who buys junk from the homeless; and Emile (Roger Jendly), an older, alcoholic hobo, intriguingly self-assured. As the interactions between this trio unfold, their backgrounds and relationships move slowly into focus, and the real identity of Emile emerges. The ponderous movement of the plot detracts somewhat from the effective cast and interesting story, and there may be a point or two that is left unclarified -- but director Fabrice Cazeneuve has created a commendable first film.



alcoholism, bad-luck, bum, homelessness