La Fin du Jour


Time Out says

Set in an abbey that serves as a retirement home for actors, rife with squabbles, jealousies and remembrances of past glory, to which a threat of closure adds waves of despairing self-pity, La Fin du Jour once rated highly as a biting depictment (like La Règle du Jeu though in a different key) of the decadence of France just before World War II. Despite its dark edges, it hasn't worn nearly so well as Renoir's masterpiece, with a complacently whimsical sentimentality constantly threatening to break through. The performances, though, are terrific: Jouvet as the suave ladykiller determined to maintain his image at all costs; Simon as the hopeless ham who lived out a marginal career as the eternal understudy; Francen as the classical artist too proud to court popular success and still regretting it.


Release details

108 mins

Cast and crew

Julien Duvivier
Charles Spaak, Julien Duvivier
Louis Jouvet
Michel Simon
Victor Francen
Madeleine Ozeray
Gabrielle Dorziat
François Périer
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