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Two Pennies Worth of Violets (1951)

Deux sous de violettes (original title)
Thérèse, a young flower girl, tries hard to remain virtuous but the whole world seems to conspire against her, whether her petty Paris family, or her relatives in the province bristling ... See full summary »


Jean Anouilh


Monelle Valentin (original scenario)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dany Robin ... Thérèse Desforges
Georges Baconnet Georges Baconnet ... Pignot - le fleuriste (as Georges Baconnet de la Comédie-Française)
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... La chanteuse des rues
Michel Bouquet ... Maurice Desforges
Georges Chamarat ... Monsieur Dubreck (as Georges Chamarat de la Comédie-Française)
Jacques Clancy Jacques Clancy ... André Delgrange (as Georges Clancy de la Comédie-Française)
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Le médecin
Henri Crémieux ... Bousquet
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Le cafetier
Mona Dol Mona Dol ... Madame Lambert
Yvette Etiévant ... Lucienne Desforge
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La concierge
Madeleine Geoffroy Madeleine Geoffroy ... Madame Pignot
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... Madame Delgrange
Madeleine Lambert Madeleine Lambert ... Une amie


Thérèse, a young flower girl, tries hard to remain virtuous but the whole world seems to conspire against her, whether her petty Paris family, or her relatives in the province bristling with false respectability, or her lustful employer, or the boy she loves who seduces her and abandons her. But at the end of the day there is Yvon, her childhood friend. Will he be the one that will love her truly? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Deux Sous d'Violettes
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Jean Anouilh
Performed by Anny Flore
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A great playwright's second effort.
23 October 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Jean Anouilh is certainly one of the most important French playwright of the last(!)century."Antigone" will remain a timeless classic. He was interested in cinema ,and outside "le voyageur sans bagages" and this one,he wrote a lot of scenarios such as "pattes blanches" (Gremillon)and dialogues ("la mort de Belle",Molinaro).

The Anouilh atmosphere is here but it takes some time before we recognize his touch.Whenever Anouilh's stories take place (the Greek mythology in "Antigone" ,the Middle Ages ("l'alouette" Joan of Arc revisited)or his era ,they always deal with innocence versus an evil world.The Anouilh hero (more often an heroine),like Antigone, refuses "le pauvre bonheur humain"(the poor human happiness),if he(she) 's got to compromise with the mediocrity that surrounds him/her.

"Deux sous de violettes" boasts a fabulous cast:many of the stage actors and actresses are here on the screen and makes a true delight for the viewer:supporting the charming Dany Robin,the great Michel Bouquet -who was to become Chabrol's favorite thespian see "la femme infidèle"-,Helena Manson(Clouzot's"le corbeau"),Henri Crémieux,George Chamarat,Gabrielle Fontan,and more.The movie has two parts:the first one,in Paris ,is the least interesting,and although the heroine swears like a trooper,it reveals a tendency to dwell on the sordid side of life not to say melodrama.

Things improve dramatically when the heroine leaves Paris for the Provinces.A petty petits bourgeois couple -a stunning Jane Marken-,these gathering of old dowagers who think they're part of the chic elite as they sip their tea,these old biddies dreaming of their offspring's "beau mariage" (money match),these Christians for show exchanging futilities while they are leaving church after the sacro-sanct service.Anouilh dialogue turns cruel and really sets your teeth on edge.Therese,the young heroine to the young man who got her pregnant:"How ugly you are when you're afraid";later,to an old fogey who tries to paw her:"I'm happy my father was killed during the war,or else,he could have turned into a dirty old man like you!"

But after all these trials ,a woman is born,who won't get fooled again.

Perhaps some sunlight does break through on this ending.

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31 October 1951 (France) See more »

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De doi bani violete See more »

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