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La Poison (1951)

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Sacha Guitry both wrote and directed the witty black comedy La Poison. This time, however, Guitry does not star in the film, relinquishing that honor to Michel Simon. Through a series of circumstances and plot twists too numerous to mention, an enterprising man (Simon) manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. The murderer's defense strategy is targeted towards every man who has ever wished that his wife would simply disappear. If this notion seems familiar, it is because La Poison was loosely remade in 1966 as the Jack Lemmon comedy How to Murder Your Wife. While the original is more clever, the remake has more popular appeal. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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NR
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Comedy
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Cast

Michel Simon
as Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
Jean Debucourt
as Aubanel
Pauline Carton
as The Mercer's Wife
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Critic Reviews for La Poison

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

A miniature masterwork in itself.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

A delicious amoral black comedy.

Full Review… | February 12, 2014
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Audience Reviews for La Poison

½

"Poison" is set in a small, provincial town in France. It is the kind of sleepy town where the townspeople complain about the lack of tourist business. Somewhat more atypical is Blandine(Germaine Reuver) buying rat poison at the local pharmacy, under the watchful eye of one of her fellow townspeople. So, even with him not knowing this, you maybe cannot blame her husband of thirty years, Paul(Michel Simon), from taking his time coming home for dinner, after talking to, if not exactly confessing to the local priest(Albert Duvaleix). With "Poison," Sacha Guitry takes a darkly entertaining look at the institution of marriage. While maybe Blandine and Paul might have once loved each other, what is important is where they are now(possibly also being the ugliest couple on record), using the radio to cover their lack of communication with each other at dinner, pretty much the only time they see each other during the day.(See, you can't blame everything on television.) So, while Guitry takes his time with such observant details, including his patented opening credits sequence where he introduces the cast and crew(but otherwise not appearing), through most of the movie's length, he rushes in madcap fashion through the movie's climax, only stopping long enough to deliver some funny laughs.

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