Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

PETIT CON

Year: 1984
Country: France
Run Time: 90 minutes

PETIT CON

Adapted from writer/director Gerard Lauzier's popular comic strip, PETIT CON's title (politely translated as little schmuck) accurately describes Michel, an intelligent but insufferable 18-year-old who fancies himself a revolutionary imprisoned in the "family gulag." Michel (Bernard Brieux) vents his spleen in his journal when he isn't seeking relief from terminal horniness with sultry, street-wise Salima, an Algerian who prefers her ex-con lover. They share his pigsty room above his long-suffering parents' apartment. Rejecting his parents' middle-class values, Michel retreats to an aging-hippie commune but finds them even worse. Communication between Michel and his emphatic father (Guy Marchand) may well have come too late.

Screenplay
Gerard Lauzier

Producer
Alain Poire

Cinematography
Jean-Paul Schwartz

Editing
Georges Klotz

Principal Cast
Bernard Brieux, Guy Marchand, Caroline Cellier, Eric Carlos

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