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La Bonne année (The Happy New Year Caper)

La Bonne année (The Happy New Year Caper) (1973)


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The ever-reliable Claude Lelouch serves up another romance-and-adventure combination plate with Happy New Year. Simon (Lino Ventura) is doing prison time, due to a jewel-theft caper. The police still have not recovered the loot, so Simon gets an early release so that they can track him to it. He is wise to their intentions, however, and loses his tail early on. Nonetheless, his search for his old partner Charlot (Charles Gerard) leads him to reminisce about the robbery itself, and the events


Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Aug 12, 2003

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More baloney from Claude Lelouch.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It bubbles occasionally, but like low-calorie club soda.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Any exploration of such cynicism is largely dissipated by the surfeit of Gallic charm.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An entertaining but vacuous effort from Claude Lelouch.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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He tried a harsher approach in this introspective comedy caper flick but, as the relationship between Ventura and Fabian proves, he could never resist the roses.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for La Bonne année (The Happy New Year Caper)

"La Bonne Annee" starts with Simon(Lino Ventura) getting a New Year's parole from jail which stops him from doing anything desperate like his fellow inmate who goes for the old fake gun trick. On the outside, the changes go beyond just his apartment as he finds that he can no longer tell the women from the men at his old favorite nightclub. Seven years previously, things were simpler when he was planning a jewelry heist with Charlot(Charles Gerard) in Cannes when a parallax occurs. The only question is whether it is a blonde or a brunette one.

"La Bonne Annee" is a mediocre combined heist movie/romantic comedy. The problems with the movie run deeper than just a leaden pace and a miscast Lino Ventura. Usually he is fine when playing a tough guy but not so much here trying to play a more cerebral type of criminal. Director Claude Lelouch also is guilty of being too academic here with his thoughts on reality versus fantasy that start with the movie within a movie that begins this movie. Then, you have Simon and Charlot also playing other roles in going undercover for the heist. I did like it during a conversation about movies when Simon says he takes risks in deciding which movies to watch. But sometimes like this one, the risk does not pay off.
February 27, 2012
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