Milou en mai (May Fools). 1990. France/Italy. Directed by Louis Malle. Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Malle. With Michel Piccoli, Miou-Miou, Michel Duchaussoy, Dominique Blanc. In French; English subtitles. 107 min.
“Jean-Claude Carrière and I were both in Paris in May ‘68,” Louis Malle reminisced. “Miloš Forman was there also, and, coming from Prague where everybody was fed up with socialism, he was horrified that the students wanted to raise the red flag. But for Jean-Claude and myself, it seemed to be the culmination of surrealism. There was something about it that was really fun.” Inspired by Chekhov and Jean Renoir, Malle and Carrière’s comic “divertimento” basks in the idylls of an eccentric bourgeois family at their Bordeaux estate, blissfully oblivious to the raving hoards of Stalinist youth in faraway Paris.
35mm print courtesy Janus Films