Un amour de poche (1957)
aka: Girl in His Pocket
A film directed by Pierre Kast

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy


In his laboratory, Professor Jérôme Nordman is busily engaged on his latest scientific research project, to shrink animals, and perhaps people, without killing them. He also gives lessons on chemistry at the university, which is how he came to be idolised by Monette, his most devoted student. So infatuated is Monette with her teacher that she persuades him to adopt her as a replacement for his former collaborator, Maubru. This is bad news for Édith Guerin, who had entertained hopes of marrying Nordman and directing him towards more profitable activities, such as becoming an adviser for a company that manufactures a famous brand of sparkling water. Jérôme is too wrapped up in his research to pay heed to Édith's plans for him. One day, a dog laps up a small quantity of the professor's size-altering compound and ends up as a shrunken stone statuette. Jérôme's elation at this discovery soon gives way to anxiety when he wonders how he is to restore the unfortunate animal to life and its normal size. Fearing that Jérôme may be about to leave her, Édith visits him in his laboratory. Taken by surprise, Monette imbibes a quantity of the magical potion and she too is reduced to the size of a small statue. Jérôme has no option but to hide her in his pocket whilst he works on an antidote. The situation becomes even more complicated when Monette's fiancé, Jean-Lou, and room mate, Brigitte, become worried by her disappearance and turn to Chief Inspector André to elucidate the mystery...
© Willems Henri (Brussels, Belgium)

Film Review

Un amour de poche is a French film comedy first released on 1st January 1960, directed by Pierre Kast. It is based on a novel by Waldemar Kamempfert and stars Jean Marais, Geneviève Page, Jean-Claude Brialy, Agnès Laurent and Amédée. It has also been released under the title: Girl in His Pocket.   It is a Madeleine Films production, produced by Gilbert de Goldschmidt and distributed by Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont.

Our overall rating for Un amour de poche is: good - passable entertainment.

Other noteworthy films that have been directed by Pierre Kast include: Images pour Baudelaire (1959), La Morte saison des amours (1961), Le Grain de sable (1964) and Les Soleils de l'Ile de Pâques (1972). The actor Jean Marais has also appeared in: Dans les rues (1933), Sept hommes et une garce (1966), Langlois (1970) and Les Misérables (1995).

Other comedy/fantasy films from France that are worth watching include: Georges Méliès's Le Locataire diabolique (1909), Georges Méliès's Le Mélomane (1903), Georges Méliès's Un homme de têtes (1898), Jean-Marie Poiré's Les Visiteurs (1993) and Louis Malle's Zazie dans le métro (1960).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Pierre Kast
  • Script: Waldemar Kamempfert (novel), France Roche (dialogue)
  • Photo: Ghislain Cloquet
  • Music: Georges Delerue, Alain Goraguer, Marc Lanjean
  • Cast: Jean Marais (Prof. Jerome), Geneviève Page (Edith), Jean-Claude Brialy (Jean-Loup), Agnès Laurent (Monette), Amédée (Maubru), Fred Pasquali (Bataillon), Régine Lovi (Brigitte), Joëlle Janin (Solange), Alexandre Astruc (Premier employé des objets trouvés), Christian-Jaque (Deuxième employé), Léo Joannon (Troisième employé), France Roche (Anne-Lise), Michel André (Secrétaire au commissariat), Jean-Pierre Melville (Le commissaire), Victor Vicas (Secrétaire de mairie), Boris Vian (Le gérant des bains), Alex Joffé (Le vendeur d'articles de camping), Yves Barsacq (Un étudiant), Jacques Hilling (Le professeur), Hubert Deschamps (L'inspecteur), Paulette Arnoux, Alix Mahieux, Robert Blome, Jean-Paul Moulinot, André Michel
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Aka: Girl in His Pocket

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