Au Bonheur des Dames

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Made at the dawn of the sound era, this long-forgotten feature from legendary director Julien Duvivier marked the filmmaker's last silent work. An adaptation of Emile Zola's 1883 novel of the same name, it stars French screen siren Dita Parlo as Denise, an orphaned woman who relocates to the City of Lights. She initially plans to take a job in her uncle's small store, but finds more promising opportunities at the massive department store conglomerate across the street, where the proprietors will do anything in their power to run Denise's uncle out of business - and where Denise promptly falls head over heels in love with the owner. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Au Bonheur des Dames

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  • ... a mix of poetic realism and expressionism in a story set around a corporate department store that is crushing its competition by design...

    Jun 6, 2006

Audience Reviews for Au Bonheur des Dames

  • Oct 02, 2014
    In "Au Bonheur des Dames," Denise(Dita Parlo), an orphan, travels to Paris, in order to stay with relatives. However, things are little better with them as her uncle's(Armand Bour) store is failing. That leaves her little choice but to find work immediately. Luckily for her, there is a gigantic department store just across the way where she finds work as a model. "Au Bonheur des Dames" announces its attentions from the onset, namely to decry large impersonal stores taking the place of smaller shops which is a timely issue even today. To accentuate that, the movie places the emphasis more on set pieces than on plot and story. But with its lavish art direction(contrasted against the uncle's dingy shop), the movie eventually takes on a much more ambiguous tone, making the viewer wonder which side it is really on or whether it like the shoppers got seduced by shiny objects.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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