7.4/10
2,005
13 user 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (scenario) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The clumsy son of a deceased police hero joins the police and his task is to protect a reporter from the most famous gangster of Paris.

Director: Claude Zidi
Stars: Coluche, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Lavanant
Banzaï (1983)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Claude Zidi
Stars: Coluche, Valérie Mairesse, Didier Kaminka
Uranus (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rene is a "ripou", a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Michel Blanc, Bernard Giraudeau, Thérèse Liotard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Gérard Jugnot
Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Richard Bohringer, Victoria Abril
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two friends, one a musician the other constantly depressed wander around Greece and France till they get to Paris without a penny to their name. Here they spend nights in the underground, ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Blanc
Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Michel Blanc, Sophie Duez
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses. When the housekeeper dies falling off a ladder, ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Chatiliez
Stars: Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Rahatlocum is a North African Roman colony where Julius Caesar came to spend an expensive holiday. The revolt rumbles among the small people who find a leader in the person of Ben-Hur Marcel.

Director: Jean Yanne
Stars: Coluche, Michel Serrault, Jean Yanne
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Francis, the boss of a small plumbing supply company, is harassed by tax collectors, striking employees, and an impossible wife and daughter. His only joy is sharing lunch with his friend ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Chatiliez
Stars: Michel Serrault, Eddy Mitchell, Sabine Azéma
La crise (1992)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When Victor finds out one morning that his wife had left him and that she had forgotten to at least buy milk for the Kids, he finds that things can only get worse. Having also been fired ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit, Zabou Breitman
Germinal (1993)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Renaud, Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Coluche ...
Lambert
...
Bensoussan
...
Lola (as Agnes Soral)
Mahmoud Zemmouri ...
Rachid
...
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)
...
Momo (as Michel Paul)
Annie Kerani ...
Black Lady
Vincent Martin ...
Second customer service station
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 1983 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós, pelele  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Bensoussan brings Lambert what he calls "an old Jamaican rum" as a gift, it is in fact a bottle of Malibu as the next scene shows. See more »

Connections

Featured in Un jour, un destin: La face cachée de Coluche (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of my all time favorite French Film noir
27 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Classic dark French psych thriller featuring Coluche, better known for his stand up comedy dressed in blue and white striped dungarees - Andy Pandy style. His acting as the sad middle aged loser Lambert should have earned him an Oscar.

Having lived in the area where the film is set, (and worked in an auto repair shop)the atmosphere and the photography are spot on. Very sad, complex and entertaining.

If you like this, watch Subway and Diva. The title derives from the area where the film is set - Pantin, a working class quarter in North Paris, and should be with first letter in caps.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page