Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) Reviews

  • Feb 04, 2021

    Commonly referred to as a satire of the bourgeoisie, Boudu Saved from Drowning seems to be less about class in general and more focused on morality and perceptions of civility; Boudu's existence is simple, unsympathetic, and often crude, but has validity and a sense of liberation. He is a truly independent spirit who refuses to cater to the preferences of society, and chooses his own means of death. Yet Lestingois sees it as a civic and moral duty to intrude upon Boudu's chosen path because it contends with his own, and attempts to reshape him into a more 'acceptable' individual. Boudu, in the meantime, feels little remorse for his uncaring treatment of his benefactor, but his presence in the family was the result of invitation rather than trespass; Boudu and Lestingois share a lack of true care for the needs and desires of others, but one is perceived as civilized while the other is considered a tramp. Renoir's social satire is clear and often biting, the performance from Simon has a great energy and roguish quality, and there are some clever moments in the cinematography (Boudu's hat floating downstream) but the narrative and characters don't match for quality and consistency, instead feeling as if they were designed around the director's intended message. (3.5/5)

    Commonly referred to as a satire of the bourgeoisie, Boudu Saved from Drowning seems to be less about class in general and more focused on morality and perceptions of civility; Boudu's existence is simple, unsympathetic, and often crude, but has validity and a sense of liberation. He is a truly independent spirit who refuses to cater to the preferences of society, and chooses his own means of death. Yet Lestingois sees it as a civic and moral duty to intrude upon Boudu's chosen path because it contends with his own, and attempts to reshape him into a more 'acceptable' individual. Boudu, in the meantime, feels little remorse for his uncaring treatment of his benefactor, but his presence in the family was the result of invitation rather than trespass; Boudu and Lestingois share a lack of true care for the needs and desires of others, but one is perceived as civilized while the other is considered a tramp. Renoir's social satire is clear and often biting, the performance from Simon has a great energy and roguish quality, and there are some clever moments in the cinematography (Boudu's hat floating downstream) but the narrative and characters don't match for quality and consistency, instead feeling as if they were designed around the director's intended message. (3.5/5)

  • Nov 07, 2016

    It was very peculiar to watch, and yet so memorable. The title character is undefinable.

    It was very peculiar to watch, and yet so memorable. The title character is undefinable.

  • Oct 12, 2014

    Chega a ser bastante singular, portanto, que um francês celebre essa dualidade dramática e incômoda entre o equilíbrio e a transgressão, a partir de uma inspirada crítica à superficialidade burguesa, salpicada com sutis referências à história da arte europeia. Leia mais: http://cinema-mon-amour31.webnode.com/news/boudu-salvo-das-aguas-%28boudu-sauve-des-eaux%29%2c-de-jean-renoir-%28frança%2c-1932%29/

    Chega a ser bastante singular, portanto, que um francês celebre essa dualidade dramática e incômoda entre o equilíbrio e a transgressão, a partir de uma inspirada crítica à superficialidade burguesa, salpicada com sutis referências à história da arte europeia. Leia mais: http://cinema-mon-amour31.webnode.com/news/boudu-salvo-das-aguas-%28boudu-sauve-des-eaux%29%2c-de-jean-renoir-%28frança%2c-1932%29/

  • Jul 13, 2014

    It was hard to watch this without thinking of "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" - the remake - but the direction and scene compositions were always interesting to watch. It's sometimes hard to watch old classic comedies, but it's worth seeing this. One of the "1001 movies to see before you die" recommendations..

    It was hard to watch this without thinking of "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" - the remake - but the direction and scene compositions were always interesting to watch. It's sometimes hard to watch old classic comedies, but it's worth seeing this. One of the "1001 movies to see before you die" recommendations..

  • May 02, 2014

    Even though the titular character might have been made for laughs, he really just comes off as obnoxious and rude.

    Even though the titular character might have been made for laughs, he really just comes off as obnoxious and rude.

  • Jan 25, 2014

    Jean Renoir's "Boudu Saved From Drowning" is as watchable and enjoyable today as it was 1932, and that is quite a feat.

    Jean Renoir's "Boudu Saved From Drowning" is as watchable and enjoyable today as it was 1932, and that is quite a feat.

  • Jan 23, 2014

    This is Down & Out in Beverly Hills, but in Paris...& not very funny.

    This is Down & Out in Beverly Hills, but in Paris...& not very funny.

  • May 04, 2013

    Simple and classic comedy (later remade as Down and Out in Beverly Hills).

    Simple and classic comedy (later remade as Down and Out in Beverly Hills).

  • Mar 07, 2013

    What strikes me about Renoir - besides the fact that he was an excellent director - is how funny some of his movies are until this very day, which this film beautifully illustrates. Great flic, and great evening watching it!

    What strikes me about Renoir - besides the fact that he was an excellent director - is how funny some of his movies are until this very day, which this film beautifully illustrates. Great flic, and great evening watching it!

  • Jan 14, 2013

    Relatively boring film about a bum who is fished out of the Seine (I believe) by an upper-income fellow and they try to change the poor guy's ways. Michel Simon is pretty good, his clowning is quite remarkable, but this does get tiring after awhile, and the guy is pretty much despicable.

    Relatively boring film about a bum who is fished out of the Seine (I believe) by an upper-income fellow and they try to change the poor guy's ways. Michel Simon is pretty good, his clowning is quite remarkable, but this does get tiring after awhile, and the guy is pretty much despicable.