伍人行 La Belle équipe
Julien Duvivier 朱利安．杜維威爾 | B&W | DCP | 1936 | 法語 French | 101 mins
Five unemployed men in Paris form a syndicate to play the national lottery. Jeannot, Jacques and Tintin are bachelors. Charlot, unknown to the others, has left his wife. Mario is an illegal immigrant from Spain. Their lives appear to have been transformed when they win the jackpot of 100,000 Francs. Instead of sharing the money, they decide to pool it and buy a ‘guinguette’, a riverside restaurant and dance hall. Gradually, however, their new-found lives begin to fracture. In poverty, they were companions. As business partners, their friendships begin to fall apart.
Many critics have associated La Belle Equipe with the Popular Front, its production coinciding with the rise of left-wing political activism, strikes and government protests. However, it is personal rather than political rivalries that undermine the group. Originally, the film was released with a pessimistic ending, but this was substituted for a more optimistic conclusion. The version presented in this program is Duvivier's original cut.