L'Amour, Madame (1952)
aka: Love, Madame
A film directed by Gilles Grangier

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Review published:


L'Amour, Madame photo
François Célerier is a young university student who hopes to make his name as a playwright. He is attracted to fellow student Diane, but he is too shy to approach her and reveal his true feelings for her. On the train to Juan-les-Pins, where he intends to visit his mother, François is put in the enviable position of having to share his compartment with the film star Arletty, who is on her way to the Venice Film Festival. By hanging around Arletty's beachside hotel, François convinces his friends that he is having an affair with her. Flattered by the young man's attentions, the actress agrees to play the lead role when his first play is performed...
© filmsdefrance.com 2015

Film Review

Not one of the most memorable films in the careers of François Périer or Arletty, L'Amour, Madame nonetheless has some charm on account of the indefinable chemistry between these two stars of French cinema. It's a happy reunion, presumably since Arletty starred in the first two films in which Périer appeared, namely Jean Boyer's La Chaleur du sein (1938) and Marcel Carné's Hôtel du nord (1938). At 32, Périer is patently too old to be convincing as a gauche young college boy, but Arletty is as stunning as ever, looking delightfully warm and approachable as she plays herself. Without these two superb performers, the film would be virtually unbearable, and, as it is, it is one of Gilles Grangier's weakest comedies. Based on the play Vingt ans, Madame! by Félix Gandéra and Claude Gével, L'Amour, Madame is a pedestrian offering in the A Star is Born line, its implausible, ill-conceived plot aggravated by a lacklustre script and some stilted direction from Grangier. Guest appearances from Marcel Achard, Yvonne de Bray, Danièle Delorme and Jean Marais (among others) look like a pointless embellishment to the most facile of comedies.

© James Travers 2015

The above article was written for filmsdefrance.com and should not be reproduced in any medium without the author's permission.

Other comedy/romance films of the 1950s from France that are recommended viewing include: Jean Renoir's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe (1959), Jacques Becker's Édouard et Caroline (1951), Julien Duvivier's La Fête à Henriette (1952), Marc Allégret's Julietta (1953) and Marcel Achard's La Valse de Paris (1950).

Where to watch this film

The film L'Amour, Madame may be available on amazon via the following links:
  • amazon.co.uk
  • amazon.fr
  • amazon.com

Film Credits

  • Director: Gilles Grangier
  • Script: Françoise Giroud, Félix Gandéra (play), Claude Gével (play)
  • Photo: Jean Isnard
  • Music: Georges Van Parys
  • Cast: Arletty (Herself), François Périer (François Célerier), Marie Daëms (Diane Broussard), Clément Thierry (Alain Broussard), Nadine Basile (Michèle Broussard), Marcelle Hainia (Mme. Broussard), Jacqueline Noëlle (L'actrice), Michel Boulau (Un jeune homme), Daniel Cauchy (Un jeune homme), Constance Thierry (Une jeune femme), Carmen de Lara (Une jeune femme), Jeanne Fusier-Gir (Berthe), Robert Burnier (M. Broussard), Mireille Perrey (Mme. Célerier), Josette Day (Herself), Marcel Achard (Himself), Yvonne de Bray (Herself), Danièle Delorme (Herself), Jean-Jacques Duverger (Didier Célerier), Jean Marais (Himself), Lise Eléna, Gaston Garchery, Dominique Marcas, Louison Roblin
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 80 min
  • Aka: Love, Madame

Related Links

Here are some other pages that you may find helpful:
Buy/watch this movie:
Discover the best in French cinema:
Explore best French films by genre:

Recent French films to watch out for in 2015

Best of 0
Best of 1
Best of 2
Best of 3

For books and DVDs

Visit our on-line stores to browse the latest films out on DVD and books relating to cinema. Any purchases will allow us to maintain and grow filmsdefrance.com.

Increase your knowledge of French cinema

Best of 0
Best of 1
Best of 2
Best of 3