The Suitor (le Soupirant) (1963)
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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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