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Youthful Sinners (1958)

Les tricheurs (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 October 1958 (France)
Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress.

Director:

Marcel Carné

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Marcel Carné (original scenario), Marcel Carné (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascale Petit ... Mic
Andréa Parisy ... Clo
Jacques Charrier ... Bob Letellier
Laurent Terzieff ... Alain
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Lou (as J.P. Belmondo)
Dany Saval ... La fiancée de Bernard
Alfonso Mathis Alfonso Mathis ... Peter
Pierre Brice ... Bernard
Jacques Marin ... Monsieur Félix
Dominique Page Dominique Page ... Nicole
Jacques Chabassol Jacques Chabassol
Jacques Portet Jacques Portet ... Guy
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La logeuse de Mic
Michel Nastorg Michel Nastorg ... Le père de Bob
Sandrine Sandrine
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Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress. Written by Aline

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A story set in the twisting streets of Paris...where a new generation of rebellious youth lives with its desires, its decadence, its despairs and its dreams. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 October 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cheaters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

French visa #20664. See more »

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Remade as Les nouveaux tricheurs (1987) See more »

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Your cheating heart
28 January 2007 | by bob998See all my reviews

I blow hot and cold over Carné. He really can be a puzzle for me. I think perhaps his inspiration left him a little earlier than it did for other directors of his generation. Certainly a man who came to maturity in the Thirties with the Popular Front seems ill at ease in the France of the Fifties, with its rampant commercialism and heavy American influence. He is almost thirty years older than his young stars, and it shows. The party scenes go on much longer than they should, as if he were trying to buy time for the anemic scenario to work. Roland Lesaffre's character--he plays Pascale Petit's older brother--seems to exist only to reassure the director that his old-style ideas are still sound.

At two hours, this picture is far too long. Still, let me praise Pascale Petit for her game performance; she was a natural who should have challenged Brigitte Bardot for sexpot supremacy, but somehow lost her way. Andrea Parisy is excellent too as the girl who gets pregnant and wants Charrier to marry her and make her baby legitimate (yes, they still thought that way in the Fifties). Laurent Terzieff is the only French actor who could play an anarchist convincingly: he is great here as he rescues a cat from death, then remarks he can't stand cats. Jacques Charrier only reminds me how mediocre he was as an actor, with that constant little grin and those blank eyes.


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