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Antoine et Antoinette (2013)

Antoine et Antoinette




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Jacques Becker's Antoine et Antoinette bears echoes of the early-talkie Rene Clair classic Le Million. Roger Pigaut plays Antoine, a foreman in a bookbinding factory, while Claire Maffei portrays his salesgirl wife Antoinette. The story gets under way when a valuable lottery ticket is lost, sending hero and heroine into a tizzy. Before a happy ending can be attained, Antoine and Antoinette come in contact with a wide variety of supporting characters, many of whom have a vested interest in that ticket. By filming his story against a backdrop of actual locations and realistically appointed studio sets, co-writer/director Jacques Beckerhas transformed this wafer-thin comedy romance into an encapsulation of the Parisian working class. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe, Françoise Giroud
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 22, 1998
Box Office: $9.5k
Rialto Pictures - Official Site


Roger Pigaut
as Antoine
Claire Mafféi
as Antoinette
Gaston Modot
as Official
Francois Joux
as Bridegroom
Gérard Oury
as Customer
Louis de Funès
as Shop Employee
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Critic Reviews for Antoine et Antoinette

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

The film walks an evocative line between realism and fantasy, capturing the energetic effervescence of the City of Light and showing how it complements the unbreakable bond between our impassioned heroes.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Becker valued what he called "dead time," the little moments in life when nothing seems to be happening and in which people reveal themselves most fully.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The director Jacques Becker laces this snappy, sentimental comic melodrama, from 1947, with streetwise details, from the stress and danger of factory work to the wiles of philandering housewives.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

An oddly pedestrian monotony runs through Antoine and Antoinette -- a perceptible touch of stiffness in both the action and the idea.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It bubbles with an optimistic portrait of a happily married young couple, and a lively gallery of supporting characters worthy of a Preston Sturges farce.

Full Review… | September 22, 2013
Slant Magazine

The thin plot revolves around a desperate search for a lost lottery ticket.

Full Review… | January 22, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Antoine et Antoinette

Antoine(Roger Pigaut) works for a printer, where aside from making his quota, so he can enjoy the weekend, he also tries to help his co-workers when possible. He also brings home surplus books that his boss gives him. His wife Antoinette(Claire Maffei), a department store clerk, shares them with her friends and co-workers. Together, they dream of owning a motorcycle and sidecar, but apparently no kids, while barely making ends meet.

While it might seem odd at first that Jacques Becker who is mostly remembered for crackerjack crime movies also made a comedy, "Antoine et Antoinette" also proved that he had a sure hand with this genre, too, especially with the great chemistry between the two leads. Ironically, he also made it in the style of his crime movies, with plenty of suspense, which would not work for everyone.(Especially Hitchcock whose sense of humor was too morbid for such a sensitive undertaking.) That's even with no crime in the story, outside of lots of sexual harassment which is thankfully never winked at. While the movie is also very carefully plotted, it is also at times a little far-fetched. Near the climax, one of the characters even points out the coincidence but it's not a huge one if one thinks about it.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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