La poison

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  • NR
  • 1951
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 7.4  (1,594)

La poison is a French black comedy movie from 1951, directed by Sacha Guitry. Starring Michel Simon, Jean Debucourt, and Jacques Varennes, the movie tells the story of a man who decides to kill his wife but struggles to execute the plan. Michel Simon portrays Paul Braconnier, a middle-aged man who is tired of his unhappy marriage. His wife, Blandine (Jeanne Fusier-Gir), is a nagging and unsympathetic woman who torments him. Paul dreams of a better life but cannot afford a divorce. After several failed attempts to take his own life, Paul decides to poison his wife in order to escape his miserable existence.

Paul's neighbor, Brouillard (Jean Debucourt), is a retired lawyer who becomes the reluctant confidant of Braconnier. Despite being a man of law, Brouillard feels intrigued by Paul's situation and decides to help him organize the perfect murder. He offers Paul guidance and advice on how to prepare the perfect mixture of poison.

The plot thickens when Paul's mistress, Madeleine (Germaine Reuver), finds out about the plan to murder Blandine. She insists that Paul should choose life over his unhappy marriage, but Paul is certain that the only way to escape is by executing his wicked plan.

La poison is a delightful and entertaining movie that offers sharp humor and cynical satire. The film explores the motives and intricacies of murder and delivers a clever commentary on society and human nature. The performances are exceptional, particularly Michel Simon's portrayal of the conflicted and complex character of Paul Braconnier.

Director Sacha Guitry masterfully blends dark humor and witty dialogue to create a captivating atmosphere that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The plot twists and turns in unexpected ways, making the film an exciting and thrilling experience.

La poison is also a remarkable technical achievement. The cinematography and the lighting create a unique visual style that enhances the mood of the film. The use of shadows and contrast creates a sense of tension and ambiguity that mirrors the characters' emotions.

The movie's themes of deception and betrayal make it a relevant and timeless work of art. La poison is a unique and entertaining film that defies genre and remains a masterpiece of French cinema.

La poison is a 1951 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

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    7.4  (1,594)