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Toni (Charles Blavette) is an Italian immigrant trying to make it in the melting pot of 1920s Provence, France. He moves in with his landlady, Marie (Jenny Helia), and gets a job as a laborer at a quarry. Any stability he has is threatened when he falls for the Spanish Josefa (Celia Montalvan), a young woman who marries the brutish quarry foreman, Albert (Max Dalban), after he rapes her. When Toni tries to save Josefa from her miserable existence, he must face the tragic consequences.

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Charles Blavette
Antonio Canova
Jenny Helia
Marie
Celia Montalvan
Josefa
Paul Bozzi
Guitar Player
Jacques Levert
Police Commissioner
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Critic Reviews for Toni

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (11)

  • It has a curious, muted, infinitely poetic way of treating human passion.

    June 6, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Even these lapses often serve the positive function of bringing us closer to the people in the film, if not the characters. What one ultimately carries away from Toni, in fact, is a memory of felt presences rather than incarnations

    June 6, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Renoir invests it with a sense of character and place that gives it an unusually blunt and sensual impact.

    June 6, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Some of Renoir's staging, faithful to the characters' willfulness, is abrupt, with a casual lyricism caught on the fly.

    June 6, 2012
  • Renoir gives the film an indelible sense of humanity, but its story is simply too slight to make it much more than a curious forerunner to his future masterpieces

    September 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Often overlooked in Renoir's filmography.

    September 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Toni

  • Nov 07, 2007
    "toni" is jean renoir's pioneering stimulus to italian neo-realism under the aroma of picturesque backwater surrounded with the rural pastures, the barren cliff and placid vineyards that weave a backset of astrayed affairs in a noirish mode with the trampy femme fatale and his willing romantic sap as the sacrificial lamb. the story is about the italian immigrant toni who is transported to french countryside to earn his honest living...and toni gets tangled up with two females, one is his virtuously generous landlady marie, the other is the lecherous josefa who literarily sleeps with every possible man she could seduce. futilely toni crazes for virtueless josefa but heartbroken by her infidelity so he ends up marrying marie but still carries a torch for josefa. eventually toni becomes the sucker utilized and doublecrossed by josefa and her ruthless cuckold. the social satire aspect is the whirling round of italian immigrants, after toni's ill-fated closure, there're yet another bunch of naive foreign immigrants departing from the train with their naive dreams in this desolate field. to be faithful to the consistancy of neo-realism, the music score of toni is accompanied completely by immediate guitar -playing by the background, and every character looks as crudely primitive as possible to create an atmosphere of wasteland, and contrarily this arrangement feels offbeatly poetic in an artlessly natrual way just like an endearing folk song with contagious affinity.
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