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Mon Ami Pierre

France, 1951 (MIFF 1954, Films From France)

Director: Paula Neurisse, Louis Félix

The film takes its tone and its subject from the oft-repeated chorus of the song of “My good friend, Peter, skipper of the ‘Franc-Tireur', spends two days at sea for one night at home, then twenty days at sea for one day with his sweetheart and life goes on for such is life.”

Here, too, the accent is on the human element, the excitement of going abroad, the harsh struggles and difficulties of the work, the triumph of the catch and the joy of homecoming. The camera work is imaginative and skilful and the musical score a delight to the ear.

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