Préparez vos Mouchoirs (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs) (1978)

Préparez vos Mouchoirs (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs)


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The lightly mocking title Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez Vos Mouchoirs) sets the tone for this Bertrand Blier-directed amalgam of the sentimental and sardonic. Gérard Depardieu plays an at-wit's-end husband, Raoul, who'll go to any lengths to sexually satisfy his wife, Solange (Carole Laure). Raoul decides that the best thing to cure Solange's boredom would be if she took a lover; thus, he chooses Stéphane (Patrick Dewaere) for the "job." But Stéphane isn't any more successful in arousing … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Bertrand Blier
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002



as Stephane

as Solange

as Neighbor

as Christian Beloeil

as Mrs. Beloeil

as Passerby

as Mr. Beloeil
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Critic Reviews for Préparez vos Mouchoirs (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs)

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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New York Times
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Chicago Reader
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Bertrand Blier's audacious sex comedy won the Best Foreign Language Oscar of 1978.

Full Review… | April 18, 2012

Going Places, which preceded this film by a year, is the Blier film to beat, but Handkerchiefs is one unruly, rioutously funny entry just the same. (The Academy, is must be noted, preferred this one, and the film took home the Best Foreign

March 9, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for Préparez vos Mouchoirs (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs)


The video case advertised a menage a trois, but the relationship dramatized in this French/Belgium production involves more than trois. Depardieu is Raoul. He and his wife can't have a baby and she is depressed, but it seems that there is more to her depression than becoming a mother. Carole Laure is the objectified Solange. She spends quite a few scenes topless and is often treated like property. Raoul randomly enlists Dewaere as Stephane to be a second husband to Solange, thinking that she needs another man to make her happy. Stephane and Raoul are men with different hobbies and interests. The most humorous parts involve these two guys arguing over their tastes and how to handle Solange. In reality, they seem more into each other than their mutual "wife." They randomly get a kindly neighbor wrapped up in their drama, too, as another "husband." Then the main three become counselors at a summer camp where Liebman as Christian Beloeil, a 13-year-old boy, becomes infatuated with Solange. It is uncomfortable to American sensibilities to see an underage boy express himself like a manipulative sex monger, and, further, for the woman to fall for the boy and let the unhealthy relationship continue. This is the basic plot of this odd, sexual, self-described sardonic tale.

Byron Brubaker

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