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Le Feu Follet

Arguably the finest of Malle's early films, this is a calmly objective but profoundly compassionate account of the last 24 hours in the life of a suicide. Ronet gives a remarkable, quietly assured performance as the alcoholic who, upon leaving a clinic, visits old friends in the hope that they will provide him with a reason to live. They don't, and Malle's achievement lies not only in his subtle but clear delineation of his protagonist's emotions but in his grasp of life's compromises; his portrait of Parisian society is astringent, never facile. A small gem, polished to perfection by an unassuming professional.

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Duration: 110 mins

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Director: Louis Malle
Screenwriter: Louis Malle
Cast: Yvonne Clech
Maurice Ronet
Alexandra Stewart
Hubert Deschamps
Jeanne Moreau
Lena Skerla
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