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Par-dessus le mur (1961)

A young couple settles in the outer suburbs of Paris.They watch their neighbors live .Here,family life is compromised by the father's affair ;the mother,left to her own devices,


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Credited cast:
Silvia Monfort Silvia Monfort ... Simone
François Guérin François Guérin ... Jean
Pierre Larquey ... Le trimardeur
Christian Fourcade Christian Fourcade ... Jacques
Alain Cuniot ... L'instituteur
Michel Gudin Michel Gudin ... Le médecin
Aline Bertrand Aline Bertrand ... La belle-mère
Georges Lannes ... Le beau-père
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphane Ariel Stéphane Ariel
France Asselin France Asselin
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... Mme Bellonger
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud
Christian Brocard Christian Brocard
Henri Coutet Henri Coutet ... Un voisin
Dominique Davray ... Une mère
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A young couple,Simone and Jean, settles in the outer suburbs of Paris.They watch their neighbors live .Here,family life is compromised by the father's affair ;the mother,left to her own devices,cannot stop the elder son from running away.There, the family is in harmony:the children admire their dad .He entertains and educates them:we attend a lesson in astronomy.The teenagers on the block set up a pack.They steal Simone's moped . Written by dbdumonteil

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A period of adjustment
29 March 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

At the time,the movie was highly praised for its human side and its educational value (see the last line) ;today one sees it in a less flattering light .

Jean-Paul Le Chanois 's first efforts were really worthwhile ("sans laisser d'adresse" " agence matrimoniale" "messieurs Ludovic" ) and one of his earlier work "l'école buissonnière" (=playing truant) already dealt with the educative problems ;it was his finest hour and it has aged well :the same cannot be said of "par-dessus le mur" ,in spite of a good cast,particularly the luminous Silvia Montfort (who was a good Eponine Thénardier in the director's hopeless "les miserables ") ,an earnest thespian ,very credible when she shows sympathy for her fellow men,women and teenagers .

Simone is married to Jean ,and both make a happy couple ,whose life is not that easy : life under Paris suburbian skies was no always picnic even in those days . The depiction of the suberbanites working in the capital's comings and goings verges on caricature though. Besides ,the (probably overpossessive ) in-laws have not yet accepted Simone . But overnight ,something has changed : the wife is pregnant and is anxious to be a really good mother to her soon-to-come baby .

Hence the title :"over the wall" ;Simone watches her neighbors live : this collection of pen portraits does not always avoid clichés: a father who's got an affair , deserts his wife -who comes from a modest milieu - and his sixteen-year -old boy who runs away;another one is a model who,when he returns home , teaches his brats about the solar system ; the more convincing portrait remains that of the permissive family ; a bourgeois one (dad is a lawyer who defends children and teens) who lets their "adorable" offspring do what he wants: "a child prodigy who is brilliant at school " says the snob self-satisfied (and self-indulgent) mom (Françoise Prevost).One often meets this "king child" today.

There's also a detective plot:Simone 's moped has been stolen and the teenager who runs away is the main suspect ; but there's also "the pack ", a group of teenagers whose rebellion is harmless .

In fact ,there are too many characters and their problems are only skimmed over .It was the sixties ,and Le Chanois's style has already begun to be a thing of the past.

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