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The Suitor (le Soupirant) (1963)

The Suitor (le Soupirant)





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The quest for love gets a farcical French treatment in this lighthearted romp, the sophomore directorial effort from writer and star Pierre Etaix. Etaix plays Pierre, a shy youth under pressure from his mother to find a nice girl and settle down. In order to appease her, Pierre proposes marriage to his family's Swedish student boarder, whose poor grasp of French leads to a misunderstanding. Believing that he has been rejected, Pierre commences trying to find the right woman for him. After an abortive assignation with a seductive one-night stand, Pierre becomes obsessed with a popular actress he spots on television. Collecting all the memorabilia he can find associated with the woman, the love-struck Pierre even buys an engagement ring, but when he tracks down the object of his affection, he is surprised to find that she is old enough to be his mother. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Pierre Étaix
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Inspired by classic silent cinema slapstick and of the school of Tati, Étaix's first film grabs us from the get go with a one-two punch of great visual fakeout gags.

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
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A shy doofus (Co-writer/director Pierre Etaix) concedes to the wishes of his long-suffering parents and begins searching for a nice woman to settle down with. His clumsy attempts to do so lead to misadventures with a drunken party girl, a sultry chanteuse, and a foreign exchange student whose poor grasp of French makes her blissfully ignorant of his strained attempts to court her. Pierre Etaix is (justifiably) compared to Jacques Tati, but his playful construction of slapstick and visual gags also owes a lot to the silent comedies of Buster Keaton and the director's own experiences as a circus performer. The Suitor is ultimately unable to transcend its influences, but it's a sweet little movie that should please those who enjoy the physical comedy of a bygone era.

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