This story is set in a little mountain community lost in the French mountains in the early years after World War II. Jules [Fernandel] is a lonely shepherd, gently going about his daily ...
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This story is set in a little mountain community lost in the French mountains in the early years after World War II. Jules [Fernandel] is a lonely shepherd, gently going about his daily business. His relationship with his neighbour, a widow named Fine [Marcelle Ranson] is a sour-sweet romance. One day he finds a bomb-like object in the fields... When he discovers the vast amount of large banknotes inside, his tranquil life changes and his troubles start! Not knowing what to do with his newly gained fortune, he first tries to put the money in a bank. Later, he buries it all in an underground container, build by the mason [Paul Préboist, a well known French stand-up comedian and actor]. When he invites the village to a banquet and eventually starts distributing the loot, now nicknamed 'Cressus', he attracts high suspicion from the people in the village. All ends with two gentlemen coming to collect the money: the container fell from an aircraft during the war, the money was fake...! ...
Although Jean Giono's books have often be transferred to the screen ("La Femme Du Boulanger" by Pagnol and "Le Hussard Sur Le Toit" by Jean-Paul Rappeneau for instance) ,this is the only movie directed by the writer himself.So it was only natural that he chose Fernandel who had often portrayed his characters in the past .Fernandel's fans might be disappointed though,for the movie is not exactly what a fan expects ."Cresus" is not really a comedy ,it 's not a drama either.For once in my life,I think that the Cahiers Du Cinema were right when they wrote that the movie was something different,something unseen yet.Marcel Pagnol meets the Nouvelle Vague could describe this work,filmed on location,with no real action :in the first part,the lead is most of the time alone ,which makes sense for this shepherd is some kind of outcast,whose misanthropy is obvious.The moral of this story is "money can't buy happiness or love " (see the last scene)but it does not seem very convincing for today' s audience.
More than Jules' s feast,the movie is mainly memorable for Sylvie the schoolteacher's arithmetic lesson when the hero learns that 0000000=0 and it takes an 1 if you want something .
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