Pot-Bouille (1957)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Satire  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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The second of director Julien Duvivier's two cinematic contributions of 1957 was Pot-Bouille ([rovilink="V 80392"]Boiling Pot[/rovilink]). Based on a novel by Emile Zola, the film stars Gerard Philipe as Octave, an opportunistic Parisian youth who hops from bed to bed -- and from bedmate to bedmate. Young or old, plain or beautiful, Octave loves and leaves 'em all. His romantic rovings come to a halt when he meets pragmatic businesswoman Mme. Hedouin (Danielle Darrieux). Apparently impervious to Octave's charms, Mme. Hedouin nonetheless marries the boy and transforms him into a useful (and least to her) member of society. Director Duvivier never misses an opportunity to contrast the respectable facade of Civilization with the unvarnished, often depraved truth beneath the surface.

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businessperson, philandering, promiscuity