Douce

As belle epoque Paris prepares for Christmas, the residence of the Countess de Bonafé hosts more than its share of intrigue: the countess’s headstrong granddaughter, Douce (Odette Joyeux), pines for the estate manager, whose heart has been broken by the governess, who is being courted by Douce’s widower father. Elegantly shot, Douce is a dizzying romantic roundelay that contains a biting critique of France’s rigid social order. This film, which ultimately takes a tragic turn, found Claude Autant-Lara in full command of his craft.

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Douce
Cast
Odette Joyeux
Douce
Madeleine Robinson
Iréne
Marguerite Moreno
Countess de Bonafé
Jean Debucourt
Engelbert de Bonafé
Roger Pigaut
Fabien Marani
Gabrielle Fontan
Estelle, the maid
Credits
Director
Claude Autant-Lara
Adapted from the novel by
Michel Davet
Adaptation and dialogue by
Jean Aurenche
Adaptation and dialogue by
Pierre Bost
Cinematography by
Philippe Agostini
Production design by
Jacques Krauss
Music by
René Cloërec
Editing by
Madeleine Gug

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