This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There’s enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale.
La Soufflé au Cour really manages to make you question well-established values. Made in 1971 I can really imagine how it deranged the society and made the French film censure think twice before allowing it to be published. As a provocative film there’s no doubt it’s still timely. Louis Malle breaks taboos with a spontaneity that makes me as a viewer question if I’ve missed something growing up.
Malle seems to me to be above all a magnificent story-teller. There is no apparent message in La Soufflé au Cour, instead Malle let’s the viewer make his own assumptions, based the deceptively realistic happenings and surroundings.
It’s an unforgettable film, but watch out. You might be influenced by it.
Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin
Country: France | Italy | West Germany
Language: French | Italian
Release Date: 17 October 1971 (USA)
Also Known As: Murmur of the Heart
Filming Locations: Dijon, Côte-d’Or, France
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.97 GiB
Duration : 1 h 58 min
Overall bit rate : 2 385 kb/s