France, 1978, 108 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Bertrand Blier, Rated R, French with English subtitles, Cohen Film Collection
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
“Flagrantly funny in a slangy, buoyant, unpredictable way. A film of freshness and originality. Makes you feel unreasonably happy.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
Raoul (Gérard Depardieu) so loves Solange (Carole Laure), his sad and lovely wife, that he’ll stop at nothing to put a smile on her face. Enter Stephane (Patrick Dewaere) a stranger in a crowded restaurant. The two men join forces (and share conjugal bed) with the listless Solange. But it takes a lark, a bullied 13-year-old math prodigy, to bring happiness to her life. The music and spirit of Mozart, a prodigy from another era is central to director Bertrand Blier’s blithely subversive conceit. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs cemented the reputation of Depardieu and Dewaere as France’s leading male duo, won Best Film from the National Society of Film Critics and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Forty years later, impeccably restored, it remains Film’s wittiest, most endearing answer to the age-old question: what do women want?
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