Le Beau Serge

The first film from French critic-turned-director Claude Chabrol sees ailing city-dweller Francois (Jean-Claude Brialy) make a therapeutic trip back to his hometown, only to find an old friend, the titular Serge, has sunk into alcoholism, depression and self-pity. Considered by many to be the first of the French New Wave, this character-driven drama explores the tensions inherent in 'returning home' after years away, focusing on the importance of friendship, and the dichotomy between country and city; a theme Chabrol would revisit in his next film, 'Les Cousins', which also stars Brialy and Gerard Blain.

Year: 1958
Genre: Drama, French Cinema, International Showcase
Country: France
Director: Claude Chabrol
Starring: Gerard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michele Meritz, Bernadette Lafont
Duration: 94 Minutes
Rating: PG
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Foreign (France)



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