A film by Henri Verneuil.
Cast: Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Suzanne Flon.
English title: A monkey in the winter.
Albert (Jean Gabin) is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did and guess what he now does not drink. But never say never. But times have changed and soon after the war, Albert comes in contact with Gabriel, a young man who is in love with his the bottle. Gabriel wants to retrieve his daughter who is in a school with sisters. Suddenly Albert has enough and goes on a binge with the young man and what happens happens .
I heard it trough the grape wine that Jean Gabin was not too crazy be cause he came from the new wave cinema and was not crazy about doing the film with Belmondo but later on they became good friends and it shows in this movie. This film as a sense of poetry. It’s a movie about friendship, dreams, nostalgia, sadness between two men from different generations. It is also a film about 2 men who drowns their problems in a bat tom of a bottle. Gabin and Belmondo gives a very warm performance. The dialog is from Michel Audiard, you can’t go wrong with that. Now I love these old film because you get to see this little town in Normandie I have been there and he does bring memories. In those little town everybody knew each other inviting each other to their house there were an ambience that you do not find those days. See back in the day the hotels were own by families man an wife were running the hotel their kids if they had any were helping out. You don’t see that anymore. Great film from Henry Verneuil.