Le Beau Serge Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jean-Claude Brialy, Gérard Blain, Bernadette Lafont, Michèle Méritz

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LE BEAU SERGE, sometimes called "Bitter Reunion" or "Handsome Serge", is a movie produced, written and directed by Claude Chabrol in 1958. The picture earned the prix Jean Vigo for best picture in 1959.
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Jean-Claude Brialy returns in his hometown after having suffered from tuberculosis. His best friend, Serge, is now married and has become an alcoholic after having given up his idea to become an architect. Furthermore, his first child was stillborn. Brialy will try to find a way to restore hope in Serge but he will have to face Serge's wife who doesn't want to lose her husband, the prejudices of a small rural town and Serge himself who doesn't want to be saved.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   French Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes

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