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Veronica and Her Dunce (1958)

Véronique et son cancre (original title)
A careless mother hires a young tutor to bring up her son's marks, as bad in mathematics as in French language. The young woman tries to teach the boy the easiest things in the curriculum, ... See full summary »

Director:

Éric Rohmer

Writers:

Éric Rohmer (dialogue), Éric Rohmer (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nicole Berger ... Véronique
Stella Dassas Stella Dassas ... Madame
Alain Delrieu Alain Delrieu ... Madame's son
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A careless mother hires a young tutor to bring up her son's marks, as bad in mathematics as in French language. The young woman tries to teach the boy the easiest things in the curriculum, as well as some manners. She fails, faced with a puzzling logic in the boys' answers, and her tight new shoes. Alone at last, the boy picks up his rubber ball - to sleep on it. Written by Artemis-9

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Short | Comedy

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According to the film director, the dialogs were based, and sometimes actually sentences taken from real teachers and students' conversations. See more »

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Followed by All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959) See more »

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I'm not sure he was a dunce
3 August 2020 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The French short film Véronique et son cancre (1958) was shown in the U.S. with the translated title Véronique and her Dunce. It was written and directed by Éric Rohmer.

Nicole Berger stars as Véronique, who has been hired to tutor a young boy (portrayed by Alain Delrieu). I don't think the boy was a dunce. I think that he didn't care about school, and he would have needed a really talented tutor to engage him in his schoolwork.

Unfortunately, Véronique doesn't appear to be that person. She wasn't skilled enough to arouse any academic interest in the boy, and she acted ill at ease as a tutor. Not a good combination.

We saw this film as a special feature in the Criterion Collection version of Rohmer's Love in the Afternoon. The short has an anemic IMDb rating of 6.7. I thought that was about right and rated it 7.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1958 (France) See more »

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Ajym Films See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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