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Tristesse et beauté (1985)

Hugo is a writer whose one great book was based on an affair he had with Lea, a sculptor. Bereft of inspiration for a follow-up, Hugo returns years later to rekindle the flame of romance and creativity.

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Joy Fleury

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Joy Fleury (scenario and dialogue), Pierre Grillet (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charlotte Rampling ... Léa Uéno
Myriem Roussel ... Prudence
Andrzej Zulawski ... Hugo Pierjoyre
Béatrice Agenin Béatrice Agenin ... Agatha
Jean-Claude Adelin Jean-Claude Adelin ... Martin
Jean-Pol Dubois Jean-Pol Dubois ... Gilles
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Mathilde
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Hugo is a writer whose one great book was based on an affair he had with Lea, a sculptor. Bereft of inspiration for a follow-up, Hugo returns years later to rekindle the flame of romance and creativity.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 August 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sadness and Beauty See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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A Nobel Prize for Porn? Er...No, I Think Not
1 October 2003 | by dwingroveSee all my reviews

Nominally based on a novel by the Japanese Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata, this limp soft-porn melodrama might - more convincingly - have been scribbled on an off day by the writers of Emmanuelle 6. A glamorous but unhappy lesbian artist (Charlotte Rampling) manipulates her young protegee (Myriem Roussel) to seduce and destroy a man (Andrzej Zulawski) who jilted her years before.

It hurts to remember that Zulawski, in real life, is one of the world's great film-makers. Had he been hired to direct - in place of no-talent Joy Fleury - he might almost have turned this slop into a watchable film. As an actor, he skulks about looking vaguely ashamed of himself. Boy oh boy, do we know how he feels...

Rampling, at least, seems able to hide her embarrassment. She looks radiant throughout, and her two lengthy nude scenes (a soft-focus dream sequence in front of a mirror; a Sapphic frolic in the bathtub with Roussel) are the only reason for anyone to watch this tripe.

Sorry, but Sadness and Beauty is one of those dismal Euro flicks that go beyond 'So-Bad-It's-Good'...into a warped parallel dimension called 'So-Bad-It's-Just-Bloody-Awful.'


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