La Marie Du Port

  • 1950
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The sense of impending doom so important in most of Carne's earlier works, such as PORT OF SHADOWS and DAYBREAK, takes on a much more subtle tone in this complex love story. When the father of his sophisticated mistress (Brunoy) dies, successful restaurateur Gabin travels to the small fishing village that was once Brunoy's home to attend the funeral. He...read more

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The sense of impending doom so important in most of Carne's earlier works, such as PORT OF SHADOWS and DAYBREAK, takes on a much more subtle tone in this complex love story. When the father of his sophisticated mistress (Brunoy) dies, successful restaurateur Gabin travels to the small

fishing village that was once Brunoy's home to attend the funeral. He begins to conduct what he considers to be an innocent affair with Courcel, the younger sister of Brunoy. The girl, however, takes Gabin's attentions quite seriously. It is not until he discovers that Brunoy has been carrying on

with the local Romeo that Gabin finally realizes the value of Courcel's vitality. The slowly developing plot allows for ample exposure of the picturesque fishing village and a gradual examination of the characters. Both Gabin and Courcel go through intense changes: the girl learns of the pain that

accompanies pleasure, while Gabin regains the youthful energy that he had lost in his bourgeois existence. The many twists of this convoluted love-cum-acquisition story reflect the life and times of its author, famed mystery writer Simenon, who confessed to a fantastic number of different sexual

conquests--averaging nearly one woman a day--during his mature years (one wonders how he could have found time to write his equally staggering number of books). The picture marks a change of character for Gabin, who was previously most often cast as a defeated fugitive. This time he is successful

and wise, albeit with a hint of a checkered past; he was to repeat this characterization many times in his postwar films. (In French; English subtitles.)

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