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La Poison

Comedy

Not Rated

Box Office: $0.0M

Format

Boxart Format Release Date
Cri brcc2795 Blu-ray Criterion Collection
UPC: 715515202312
08/22/2017
Cri dcc2796d DVD Criterion Collection
UPC: 715515202411
08/22/2017

Release Dates

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On DVD August 22 2017Now Available

Product Details

PRINCIPAL CAST

Michel Simon, Germaine Reuver, Jean Debucourt, Marcelle Arnold

DIRECTOR

Sacha Guitry

WRITER

Sacha Guitry

SYNOPSIS

The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France's best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. With Guitry's witty dialogue and fleet pacing, the black comedy is the quintessential depiction of a marriage gone sour: after thirty years together, a village gardener (Simon) and his wife (Germaine Reuver) find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he'll negotiate his eventual criminal trial. Inspired by Guitry's own post–World War II tangle with the law—a wrongful charge of collaborationism—La poison is a blithely caustic broadside against the French legal system and a society all too eager to capitalize on others' misfortunes.

GENRE

Comedy

RATING

Not Rated

RUN TIME

87 Minutes

STUDIO

Criterion Collection