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  • Summary: The subjective/ subjunctive constantly becomes concrete for businessman Pierre Etaix: at his wedding to Annie Fratellini, all the girls he could have married appear begowned beside him at the ceremony; his best friend gives worldly advice on how to handle that 15-year-itch when miniskirted, barely legal secretary Nicole Calfan is hired: as old ladies’ gossip escalates, so do the reenactments of the original, innocent encounter; as Pierre finally dates his young secretary, shop talk ages him before her eyes; and, in a fabulous dream sequence, Etaix’s bed suddenly takes off down the road, stopping to pick up a nightied Courcel and whizzing past other beds stopped for repairs, having accidents, or carrying aromatic farm debris. (Film Forum) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 19, 2012
    The delightfully playful, playfully imaginative Grand Amour was directed by Pierre Etaix, a filmmaker, illustrator, musician and clown whose major work and poetic melancholia has long been denied to filmgoers.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 19, 2012
    It may be a stretch to call the filmmaker a forgotten genius, but if nothing else, Le Grand Amour makes a case that Étaix was a fertile clown, overdue for a bow in the spotlight.