Les Comperes

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy, Drama

Tristan Martin (Stephane Bierry) is a 16-year-old runaway who leaves Paris and hitchhikes to Nice with Michele (Florence Moreau), a tough young girl who hangs out with degenerate bikers. Tristan's middle-class parents (Anne Duperey and Michel Aumont) inform the authorities but receive only the feeble assurance that their son will turn up sooner or later,...read more

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Tristan Martin (Stephane Bierry) is a 16-year-old runaway who leaves Paris and hitchhikes to Nice with Michele (Florence Moreau), a tough young girl who hangs out with degenerate bikers. Tristan's middle-class parents (Anne Duperey and Michel Aumont) inform the authorities but receive

only the feeble assurance that their son will turn up sooner or later, "like a stolen car." Tristan's mother decides to phone newspaperman and old flame Jean (Gerard Depardieu), convincing him that he is Tristan's real father, in the hope that he will offer to find the boy. When he refuses, she

tries the same scheme on another past lover, Francois (Pierre Richard), a suicidal manic-depressive who is thrilled by the request and agrees to help. In the meantime, Jean has reconsidered. Both men eventually meet and discover they have a mutual interest--finding a missing son--but it takes a

while for them to realize that they are both looking for the same son. Naturally, the question of the boy's real parentage is at issue, with both men claiming to be the father. A delightful film, LES COMPERES combines healthy doses of comedy, drama, and crime with three superbly sketched

characters. Jean's and Francois's reactions to the possibility of fatherhood are fascinating, as is the interaction between the two. LES COMPERES is a film that depends on the chemistry among the actors, and fortunately this doesn't fail for a moment. Depardieu and Richard are both superb,

reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy--the hulkish Depardieu playing Hardy to Richard's whimpering Laurel--in their affectionate dislike for each other. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, funny, and touching celebration of fatherhood.

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Tristan Martin (Stephane Bierry) is a 16-year-old runaway who leaves Paris and hitchhikes to Nice with Michele (Florence Moreau), a tough young girl who hangs out with degenerate bikers. Tristan's middle-class parents (Anne Duperey and Michel Aumont) infor… (more)

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