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PG 1973 1h 52m Romance Comedy List
50% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 84% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When jewel thief Simon (Lino Ventura) is released from prison early, the police trail him to locate the still-missing goods. Simon, a veteran criminal, knows the cops are following, so he ditches them and tracks down his former partner, Charlot (Charles Gérard). They swap stories of better times and their jewel heist, and Charlot hands over Simon's cut. With his freedom and fortune, Simon decides to locate Françoise (Françoise Fabian), his former lover, and revive their romance. Read More Read Less

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Judith Crist New York Magazine/Vulture As a triple-threat moviemaker -- producer, director, and writer -- Lelouch has provided a triple-leveled film that works as thriller, as romance, and as humanistic story, and emanates chic every step of the way. Oct 2, 2019 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader More baloney from Claude Lelouch. Jan 15, 2008 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times It bubbles occasionally, but like low-calorie club soda. Rated: 2/5 Jan 15, 2008 Full Review Dick Lochte Los Angeles Free Press Happy New Year is definitely worth your attention. Dec 17, 2019 Full Review Bernard Drew Gannett News Service [Lelouch] sets out diabolically to charm you, and no matter how aware of his tricks you are, he so often does. Oct 2, 2019 Full Review TV Guide An entertaining but vacuous effort from Claude Lelouch. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 15, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Great acting, great story, great music, great song, great takes. Funny, charming and moving. A fine, french style way of expressing subtle and profound emotions about love and friendship. A portrayal of the outlaw as a symbol of freedom and rebellion, very useful in nowadays big tech surveilled, omnipresent and stifling correctness and government overreach. And, most importantly, a movie that shows that the new, pregressive ways can, not only co-exist but also fall in love with the good old immortal values of chivalry, loyalty and bravery. Because they complement each other. A punch in the face of (post)modern divisive pseudointellectualism, that rules in the present. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review walter m "La Bonne Annee" starts with Simon(Lino Ventura) getting a New Year's parole from jail which stops him from doing anything desperate like his fellow inmate who goes for the old fake gun trick. On the outside, the changes go beyond just his apartment as he finds that he can no longer tell the women from the men at his old favorite nightclub. Seven years previously, things were simpler when he was planning a jewelry heist with Charlot(Charles Gerard) in Cannes when a parallax occurs. The only question is whether it is a blonde or a brunette one. "La Bonne Annee" is a mediocre combined heist movie/romantic comedy. The problems with the movie run deeper than just a leaden pace and a miscast Lino Ventura. Usually he is fine when playing a tough guy but not so much here trying to play a more cerebral type of criminal. Director Claude Lelouch also is guilty of being too academic here with his thoughts on reality versus fantasy that start with the movie within a movie that begins this movie. Then, you have Simon and Charlot also playing other roles in going undercover for the heist. I did like it during a conversation about movies when Simon says he takes risks in deciding which movies to watch. But sometimes like this one, the risk does not pay off. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member In my childhood I used to watch French comedies and really liked them. I guess now, I finally understand that it is about dramas French cinematography is all about. Splendid and mind twisting dialogues, spot on acting and emotions, delicate and recherche times are beatifully shown. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member At first I didn't like it, but as the movie progressed I enjoyed it more and more. It all began to make sense as the story moved forward. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member L'un des rares films de Lelouch supportables. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Bon Classique Merci Lino! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When jewel thief Simon (Lino Ventura) is released from prison early, the police trail him to locate the still-missing goods. Simon, a veteran criminal, knows the cops are following, so he ditches them and tracks down his former partner, Charlot (Charles Gérard). They swap stories of better times and their jewel heist, and Charlot hands over Simon's cut. With his freedom and fortune, Simon decides to locate Françoise (Françoise Fabian), his former lover, and revive their romance.
Director
Claude Lelouch
Production Co
Les Films 13, Rizzoli Film
Rating
PG
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Original Language
French (France)
Runtime
1h 52m