Le Beau Serge

Synopsis: Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has become a drunkard. Francois now tries to find out what happened to him and tries to help him.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Claude Chabrol
Production: Criterion Collection
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
NOT RATED
Year:
1958
98 min
21 Views

WINNER OF:

THE JEAN VIGO AWARD

This film was shot entirely

in the village of Sardent.

Our warm thanks to the residents

and local authorities there.

HANDSOME SERGE:

Hello, Tin.

- Hello, Christine.

- Franois, how are you?

- Very well.

- Good trip?

Very nice.

You haven't changed a bit.

Wait, I have to get my bag.

- You got a package for me?

- Yeah, here.

- Hi, Franois.

- It's Michel.

- Yes, I recognized him.

- Back for a visit?

Yes, for the whole winter.

My bag, please, with the Swiss tag.

No, the one here in front

with a Swiss tag.

Let me.

So where are you staying?

At Chaunier's, since our place -

The house is falling apart.

You'd catch your death of cold.

Ready to go?

That's Serge.

He doesn't recognize anyone like that -

drunk as a skunk.

Come on.

- Let me carry that.

- Forget it.

- What has Christine told you?

- Nothing, I swear.

Maybe she was right not to.

Tell me...

- What?

what happened to Serge?

Search me.

- He's a wreck.

- You can say that again.

Back for a visit, Mr. Bayon?

The town has changed, eh?

- A bit.

- Take care and don't overdo it.

I will - I mean, I won't.

Don't worry.

- Who was that?

- You kidding? Rita Perrault.

Jeez, I didn't recognize her.

She's 12 years older.

Married with three kids.

Hasn't done much for her.

- Oh, she's still not bad.

- Life's funny.

Didn't you use

to make out with her?

Life's funny.

Does the doctor still live over there?

Yeah. He's the same old idiot.

- Same old town, eh?

- And we're sick of it!

Tell me about Serge.

Come on, give me that!

I insist.

Serge's married too.

You recognize the old guy with him?

- Old man Glomaud?

- He hasn't changed,

only now he's drunk

four times a day, not three.

Serge married

his older daughter, Yvonne.

Remember her?

- No.

Sure, you just didn't notice

'cause she was 12 then.

Brunette, scrawny, homely.

The butcher Renaud

used to be over there, remember?

He died. His wife took off

to work in Aubusson.

His son's down the street.

Not a bad butcher.

We get our meat there.

- Look! They're still there.

- What'd you expect?

You remember?

- You kidding?

- We sure had fun.

- All five of us shouting into it.

Why'd it ever seem so funny?

Wasn't much else to do.

Why did Serge marry that girl?

- You can smoke?

- Sure. Why?

What did Christine say anyway?

- That you were sick.

I was, but I'm better.

Tell me more about Serge.

- It's bugging you, eh?

Put yourself in my place.

It's kind of a shock.

He's such a terrific guy.

Why did he marry her?

- Yvonne?

She was pregnant.

He'd only slept with her a few times.

Tough break.

They got any kids?

They had one, but he died at birth.

He wasn't normal, one of those -

- Mongoloid?

- I don't know what you call it.

Wait.

Is that why he drinks?

- It sure hasn't helped.

Now they're expecting another,

and he's never drunk more.

Ah, Mr. Bayon!

Hello, Mrs. Chaunier.

- Did you have a nice trip?

- Very nice.

- It's the Bayon boy.

- I recognized him right off!

- I didn't!

- Have I changed that much?

You sure have.

- But we've all changed too.

- Not at all.

- I'll show you to your room.

- See you soon, gentlemen.

- You bringing the suitcase, Michel?

- Yes, don't worry.

Good thing you came here,

because your house -

- Yes, I hear it's -

- Uninhabitable!

Your parents were wrong to neglect it.

- I think they're going to sell.

Soon there won't be

anyone left around here.

Here's your room.

Looks out on the school. All right?

- Just fine.

- Where shall I put your bag?

- Sorry. On the bed.

It's a good mattress.

You'll sleep well.

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Claude Chabrol

Claude Henri Jean Chabrol (French: [klod ʃabʁɔl]; 24 June 1930 – 12 September 2010) was a French film director and a member of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) group of filmmakers who first came to prominence at the end of the 1950s. Like his colleagues and contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, Chabrol was a critic for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma before beginning his career as a film maker. Chabrol's career began with Le Beau Serge (1958), inspired by Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). Thrillers became something of a trademark for Chabrol, with an approach characterized by a distanced objectivity. This is especially apparent in Les Biches (1968), La Femme infidèle (1969), and Le Boucher (1970) – all featuring Stéphane Audran, who was his wife at the time. Sometimes characterized as a "mainstream" New Wave director, Chabrol remained prolific and popular throughout his half-century career. In 1978, he cast Isabelle Huppert as the lead in Violette Nozière. On the strength of that effort, the pair went on to others including the successful Madame Bovary (1991) and La Cérémonie (1996). Film critic John Russell Taylor has stated that "there are few directors whose films are more difficult to explain or evoke on paper, if only because so much of the overall effect turns on Chabrol's sheer hedonistic relish for the medium...Some of his films become almost private jokes, made to amuse himself." James Monaco has called Chabrol "the craftsman par excellence of the New Wave, and his variations upon a theme give us an understanding of the explicitness and precision of the language of the film that we don't get from the more varied experiments in genre of Truffaut or Godard." more…

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