Charles and Lucie

Film, Comedy
Whimsical but totally enjoyable romantic comedy from the impressive if erratic Kaplan (La Fiancée du Pirate, Néa). An elderly couple - a layabout junk merchant and a charlady - take a gamble on gaining fortune and happiness, and find themselves swindled; penniless and pursued by the law through the South of France, they are thrown back on their wits for survival, and finally find their menopausal dissatisfaction with one another replaced by a rebirth of love. Sounds sentimental? It is, but Kaplan's ironic humour, and almost surreal sense of absurdity in her outlandish sequence of narrative events, make for a delightfully off-beat and touching film.

By: GA

Release details

Duration:
98 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Nelly Kaplan
Screenwriter:
Jean Chapot
Cast:
Daniel Ceccaldi
Ginette Garcin
Georges Claisse
Nelly Kaplan
Jean-Marie Proslier
Féodor Atkine