Tag Archives: Daniel Gélin

Le souffle au coeur / Murmur of the Heart (1971) Louis Malle, Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Drama, Comedy

Le souffle au coeur AKA Murmur of the Heart (1971)
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There’s enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale.
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La proie pour l’ombre / Shadows of Adultery (1961) Alexandre Astruc, Annie Girardot, Daniel Gélin, Christian Marquand, Drama

La proie pour l'ombre (Alexandre Astruc, 1961)
Anna, twenty-seven, married to building contractor Eric, refuses to live in his wake. Craving independence, she can exist through the art gallery she runs, but isn’t this occupation a mere wholesome distraction? When she meets Bruno and become his lover she thinks she will find fulfillment only to realize that she is just another plaything in a man’s hands.
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