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Love at the Top (1974)

Le mouton enragé (original title)
A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites ... See full summary »


Michel Deville


Christopher Frank (scenario and dialogue), Roger Blondel (based on the novel by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Nicolas Mallet
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Claude Fabre
Romy Schneider ... Roberte Groult
Jane Birkin ... Marie-Paule Allard
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Berthoud
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Jean-Mi
Georges Wilson ... Julien Lourceuil
Estella Blain ... Shirley Douglas
Mary Marquet ... Mme Hermens
Betty Berr Betty Berr ... Sylvie
Florinda Bolkan ... Flora Danieli
Dominique Constanza Dominique Constanza ... Sabine
Jean-François Balmer ... Vischenko
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Georges Groult
Rachel Cathoud Rachel Cathoud


A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites Marie-Paul, a young woman he hadn't known before, in the streets of Paris to a café and sleeps with her the next day. When he tells his surprised friend Claude about the incident, the disillusioned and handicapped writer develops a plan to control and manipulate Nicholas' life. First of all, he procures him to Roberte, a professor of philosophy's frustrated and bored wife... Written by fippi2000

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Referenced in Last Stop on the Night Train (1975) See more »

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The Angry Sheep
12 June 2007 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

A middle-age man (Jean-Louis Tritignant) picks up a pretty young woman (Jane Birkin). When he finds out she's a prostitute, he slaps her into submissiveness and then "rapes" her. She ends up adoring him for it, and he discovers his strange powers over beautiful women.Encouraged by his scheming friend (Jean-Pierre Cassel), a crippled, unsuccessful writer, he uses his seductive powers to seduce the wife of a business associate (Romy Schneider), and embarks on a campaign of shady land deals and political intrigue.

This movie works best if you take it as a satire or absurdist comedy. The character's strange power over incredibly beautiful woman is especially ludicrous. Most men would volunteer their left testicle to sleep with Jane Birkin and their right one to sleep with Romy Schneider; they would then be left castratti if they went on to seduce the likes of Florinda Bolkan (as a bisexual political power broker)and Estelle Blain (as a vapid movie star) as Tritigant's character does here. In one of the funniest scenes, the hero has to, in order to close a deal, either sleep with a wealthy woman who is "older than God" or marry an 18-year-old heiress. Hilariously, the young girl is eager to jump into bed with him, but refuses to consider marriage, so he has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

This is definitely a very black comedy which takes a lot of tragic and violent turns at the end, but in typical French (i.e. decidedly non-Hollywood)fashion it refuses to provide a tidy moral at the end or make its hero too sympathetic. As for the literal translation of the French title, "The Angry Sheep", I'm still trying to figure that one out.

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13 March 1974 (France) See more »

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