Le Feu Follet

Film, Drama

Time Out says

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.


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Louis Malle
Louis Malle
Yvonne Clech
Maurice Ronet
Alexandra Stewart
Hubert Deschamps
Jeanne Moreau
Lena Skerla