Philippe (1958)

Short, Drama


Maurice is the owner of a small garage. Unfortunately, the kind-hearted man has taken to drinking and his character has soured. He tends more and more to make life difficult for his wife ... See full summary »



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


29 October 2015 | guy-bellinger
6
| Red Wine Blues
"Philippe" is a little-known short by Edouard Molinaro ("My Uncle Benjamin", "La Cage aux Folles") addressing the difficult question of alcohol consumption, a regular scourge back in 1958 when it was made.

Helped by two specialists (psychiatrist Philippe Paumelle and Doctor Pierre Jean), Molinaro wrote a story of a kind-hearted man who managed to open his own garage but whose efforts may be ruined because of his propensity to booze. Although a respected specialist in his trade, Maurice works less and less reliably, abuses his two apprentices (one of whom is Philippe, an orphan he has taken in) and winds up scaring his clients off. As for his wife, who can't reason with him, she lives a living hell.

The resulting movie, as filmed by Molinaro, proves fairly good, even if it could have been better. The psychology of the characters is relevant, the director's technical skills are obvious and the cast of professionals (Georges Poujouly, Yves Brainville, Loleh Bellon) competent. But what "Philippe" lacks to be really memorable is style : don't expect something as powerful as "Lost Weekend" or as heartbreaking as "Days of Wine and Roses". For the simple reason that, unlike Billy Wilder or Blake Edwards, Molinaro is content to illustrate his subject without giving it enough relief. The goody-goody ending does not help either.

Despite these reservations, "Philippe" remains quite watchable, especially on account of its serious approach of the problem of alcoholism and its psychological correctness: Maurice's gradual taking to drinking (setting the bar too high makes him fear he will not live up to the challenge) is quite believable; his sudden changes of mood, his aggressiveness, his fits of bad tempers are true to life; and the treating physician's diagnosis and advice ring true. A positive balance, when all is said and done.

Did You Know?

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Short | Drama

What are These Stars Watching This Holiday Season?

On this very merry watchlist "The IMDb Show" asks stars like Jim Gaffigan and Linda Hamilton what movies they are watching during the holidays. For more gift ideas, check out IMDb's Holiday Gift Guide, curated with the entertainment lover in mind!

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out what IMDb editors are excited to watch this month and get gifting with IMDb's Holiday Gift Guide, curated with the entertainment lover in mind!

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com