Le Cheval d'Orgueil

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This impressionistic account of peasant life in Brittany around the time of World War I is a reminder that Chabrol began his career with a bleak portrayal of the provinces in Le Beau Serge. This is a much rosier picture, attractively - perhaps too attractively - shot by Jean Rabier. Stressing the poverty, it caresses the eye with picturesque interiors worthy of any model village, while the peasants decked out in their national costumes look like delegates to a folk-lore congress. Hardly another Tree of Wooden Clogs, but it does have charm, sparks of Chabrol clownery, and plenty of intriguing information about superstitions and customs. One problem is that the autobiographical book by Pierre Jakez Hélias on which it is based has obviously been too severely truncated. In the latter half, particularly, attempts to get to grips with the social and cultural implications of being Breton emerge with curious muddlement.

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Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Claude Chabrol
Screenwriter: Daniel Boulanger, Claude Chabrol
Cast: Jacques Dufilho
Bernadette Lesache
François Cluzet
Paul Le Person
Michel Blanc
Dominique Lavanant
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