Circonstances atténuantes (1939)

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A retired criminal-court judge on vacation finds himself stranded in a nest of thieves, who show him a friendlier side of crime.


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Jean Boyer


Marcel Arnac (novel), Jean Boyer (scenario), Jean-Pierre Feydeau (scenario), Yves Mirande (dialogue)

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7 November 2001 | dbdumonteil
Lots of fun with Michel Simon and Arletty!
THis is as far-fetched as can be,the story is so unbelievable that you cannot search any realism in this little -and a bit crazy- comedy. A judge M.Le Sentencier(sic)-it almost means "sentencious"-,played by Simon,and his authoritian missus arrive in an inn where you take your life in your hands when you enter.Actually,it's a den of weirdoes and hoodlums .Among them,a cheeky Marie-qu'a-d'çà (=smart Mary)played by Arletty.The judge wants the gang's redemption and the ways he will use are not very orthodox.A risqué move for 1939:a gay character (but who ends up married in the end!).A song that was to become famous:"comme de bien entendu"(=as expected)Outside the movie,this ditty became immortal for another-less funny - reason.When the soldiers went to war a few months later,they sang it ironically.

Michel Simon and Arletty were wonderful comedians and if you like this one,I would also recommend "fric frac'(=break in)which they made the same year.

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