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September 29, 2016
Subtle and original humor. A well made movie. See it just for the dream sequence involving the driving beds.
½ August 8, 2016
Co-writer/director Pierre Etaix plays a young man who marries for convenience and settles into a comfortable rut working for his father-in-law's tannery. Ten years of routine have led him to pine away for his pretty young secretary, but the film's narrative is refreshingly reluctant to allow his aging male ego to rationalize its fragility. The Great Love is Etaix' first color film, but it still relies heavily on the sight gags, sound effects, and physical humor that its director borrows liberally from the silent era. Its most memorable scene is probably a dream sequence where Etaix and his intended paramour are whisked along the countryside by a roving bed; that part is an apt symbol of this film's tone, theme, and sense of acerbic whimsy.
December 29, 2015
The way a couple experience marriage may be totally different from how the community perceives it. Comedy from the word go is inventive and surprising. There were fresh point of views in display. Women passing on what hapenned between protagonist and lady in the park, friends' advice on how the protagonist should talk to his wife are all good examples. The staire is given a fluid subtility in the dream sequence. Monotony in marriage may not always be a bad thing;)
Super Reviewer
April 26, 2015
The attempt to cast French actor/writer/director Pierre Etaix as an unsung master of physical comedy is not misguided -- he really does have some marvelous gags, choreographed with beautifully paced precision. However, in "Le Grand Amour," his efforts are wasted on a tired, sexist premise. Etaix plays a successful businessman who has been married for 10 years to an average woman who lacks dazzle. And his mother-in-law is much worse. When his new secretary turns out to be a 18-year-old beauty, he falls in love at first sight and immediately considers leaving his wife for her. Does he have any chemistry with the girl? No. Do her own feelings matter? No. She's his for the asking. Apparently. If you can get past the story's oh-so-French chauvinism, there are some delightful laughs and at least two brilliant set pieces: one, a fantasy in which Etaix imagines driving his bed around the countryside with the girl by his side and, two, a bitter sequence in which he uses a room of items cut in half (even a piano) to show his wife what would happen if she left him and demanded half of his assets.
½ May 20, 2014
Good french comedy which relies on the absurdity of a situation instead of pratfalls or quick banter. Watch for the use of color to accent the actors and props. This Etaix's first foray into color, made after he had taken a 3 year hiatus to return to his earlier work as a clown. He cast several of his clown friends in this pic - including his soon to be wife, Annie Fratellini. Etaix's films have only recently been made available in the West after disagreements about distribution rights. This film was nominated for the Palme d'Or.
½ December 3, 2013
The extended organ playing to a day-dreaming groom who mused over his past loves, sets the whimsical tone to a timeless classic. The cruising bed scene probably a masterstroke of a mid-life crisis man making up a fantasy sequence.
½ June 4, 2013
Easily Etaix's most imaginative film. Its full of visual imagery, such as him floating down a road in a bed and all sorts of possible scenarios for his voice-overs. In this tale of epic love, Pierre flash-forwards on his wedding day and ends up falling in love with his very young secretary. Crazy antics ensue, including wild gossip and secret possible affairs. The movie has big social commentary on marriage and gossip, and it ends on a very delightful note.
April 19, 2013
Amusing reflections on love and the fear of missed opportunities. Occasionally rather inventive.
½ March 23, 2013
The old version of "Somebody up there likes me" or similar old Czech comedies.
½ August 30, 2011
Pierre Etaix seems to have had great fun making this. His dream shots are hilarious - and hopefully serve as a reminder that cinema needs not always strive for realism. Let loose, guys! Also, great restoration work.
½ August 22, 2011
A decent French movie: rarer than rain in Greece in August!
March 30, 2011
Ce film est un petit plaisir et temoigne d un humour francais aujourd hui disparu de nos ecrans.
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