Les Miracles N'Ont Lieu Qu'Une Fois (1951)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Yves Allegret's Les Miracle N'Ont Lieu qu Une Fois was briefly released in the U.S. under the literally translated title Miracles Only Happen Once. Critics have not dealt kindly with the film, comparing it unfavorably to Allegret's "classic" trilogy Dedde d'Anvers, Une si Jolie Petite Plage and Maneges (1948-50). Even so, Les Miracle is not to be dismissed lightly. The story concerns the romance between French student Jerome (Jean Marais) and Italian student Claudia (Alida Valli). Intending to marry, the couple is separated when war breaks out. Year later, Jerome and Claudia are reunited. By this time, however, Jerome has sunk to the depths of degradation, and the rapidly maturing Claudia wonders if the spark can ever be rekindled.