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Very Happy Alexander (1968)

Alexandre le bienheureux (original title)
Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »


Yves Robert


Yves Robert (screenplay), Pierre Lévy-Corti (screenplay) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Alexandre Gartempe
Françoise Brion ... Eliane Gartempe dite La Grande
Marlène Jobert ... Agathe Bordeaux
Paul Le Person ... Sanguin
Tsilla Chelton ... Madame Bouillot
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Le père Lamendin
Pierre Richard ... Colibert
Jean Saudray ... Pinton
Kaly Kaly ... Le chien d'Alexandre
Pierre Barnley Pierre Barnley ... Le curé
Marcel Bernier Marcel Bernier ... Malicorne
Bernard Charlan Bernard Charlan ... Le maire
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien ... Madame Boisseau
Pierre Maguelon ... Verglandier
Marie Marc Marie Marc ... La vieille maman de la Grande


Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Comedy | Drama


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Two roads diverged in a wood, and boy am I glad I chose the one I did!
21 March 2000 | by cwpnewpaltzSee all my reviews

A fable, a parable, an examination of the human condition, and a must see for anyone thinking of getting married. Certainly one of the strongest declarations on record of just why we love our dogs. There is always something rumpled about Noiret, a bit of a sad sack who somehow manages to wrest dignity from abuse or meager circumstance. Alexandre isn't his best film, or probably anybody's best film, but who can ignore this simple man who takes to bed, not in anguish over his loss, but in quiet enjoyment of what he has found through loss to the distress of his neighbors? Alexandre is a delicious comment on the benefits of breaking with convention and taking one's own road.

It's now many years after I wrote the review above. I didn't remember having written it, but now that I read it, I know I did. My opinion hasn't changed. I'd gladly give $100 to have a good copy, but it seems to be unavailable. If you're reading this, I've got two more to add, if you can find them: Giuseppe Tornatore's "A Pure Formality" starring Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski, simply one of the most mesmerizing movies I've ever seen; and "Le Cadeau" ("The Gift"), of which I can find no trace, about a bank clerk or accountant with a shrewish wife who takes off for Venice with a gift some co-workers gave him--a singularly beautiful prostitute. He comes back a changed man with a restored relationship with his wife. A great movie. Why are these so hard to track down?

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Release Date:

9 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander See more »

Filming Locations:

Alluyes, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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