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Tchao pantin (1983)

Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »

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Coluche ...
Lambert
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Bensoussan
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Lola (as Agnes Soral)
Mahmoud Zemmouri ...
Rachid
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Bauer (as Philippe Leotard)
Albert Dray ...
Sylvio
Ben Smaïl ...
Mahmoud (as Ben Smail)
Pierrick Mescam ...
First client service station
Mickaël Pichet ...
Mickey (as Mickael Paul)
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Momo (as Michel Paul)
Annie Kerani ...
Black Lady
Vincent Martin ...
Second customer service station
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Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner named Rashid, comes to the station needing a spark plug for a stolen Moped. He and Lambert connect somehow, and a few days later, they go for a drink. The young man is too cavalier, and when he swipes Rashid's fancy motorcycle a couple of times, he's expendable. Lambert decides to avenge the young man and seeks information from Lola, a punk who knew Bensoussan. With surprising perseverance, she pierces Lambert's shell; he starts to feel again, tells Lola his story, and finds new enthusiasm for life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 December 1983 (France)  »

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The title "Tchao, Pantin" became a very well-known expression in France to define a comedian's spectacular dramatic breakthrough, in reference to Coluche who only starred in comedies prior to the film and earned the César for his performance. The term can also be used in a derogatory way when a comedian's dramatic film fails to achieve the same success and then gets dismissed as a wannabe "Tchao pantin". See more »

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Riding the Express
21 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Tchao Pantin" is a great movie. Its characters are all down to earth and have real feelings. Lambert, the burn-out alcoholic who works at the gas station befriends Bensoussan, a small-time pusher. The story goes on about their friendship, but breaks off into a new level when Bensoussan is killed. Lambert's not sure to risk his life and avenge him, but the perseverance of Bensoussan's latest girlfriend, Lola, convinces him. Even though the movie might run a little slow at times, it nevertheless exceeds in giving off exciting vibes (action and great dialogue). It's an interesting movie about a somewhat awkward relationship, but it works. It's the best thing about it. Side note, I'm just a little confused about the title and what it stands for. Anyway, you should really check it out, and you might even see an adaptation of it in a few years.


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