Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux)
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Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux)
Boudu (played by Michel Simon, who also produced the film) is a shaggy, foul-smelling tramp who is rescued from drowning by bourgeois Frenchman Charles Granval. Deciding to "reform" Boudu, Granval invites the hobo into his home. Boudu returns the favor by turning the household upside down and by conducting an affair with Granval's wife Marcella Hainia. All ends happily--for Boudu at least--when the tramp wins the national lottery and marries maid Severine Lerczynska, who is so delighted that she ends her own affair with the hypocritical Granval. Boudu decides to forego his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for the period when it was made."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"Jean Renoir's effortless 1932 masterpiece is as informal, beguiling, and subversive as its eponymous hero."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There is an ingenious performance from Michel Simon as the libidinous tramp and many entertaining comic touches."
‑ Leo Robson, Financial Times
"The film needs no justification outside itself as a rich, funny, rewarding experience."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Boudu Saved From Drowning is one of Jean Renoir's most enjoyable films. Its wit, freshness and spontaneity continue to impress."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"Amid the early-talkie crudeness you can see Renoir discover what it means to visually evoke the unpredictable flow of life with composition, movement, and depth."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It's hard to imagine cinema without Boudu Saved From Drowning."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"This deliciously subversive 1932 social comedy kicked off Jean Renoir's greatest period."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"This social comedy is another masterpiece from Renoir."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Even enterprise without state can be amply rewarded in the films of Renoir."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The most startling thing about Boudu is just how incredibly fresh it remains."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It's a neat idea, executed to fine comic effect thanks mainly to a larger-than-life performance from the great French character actor, Michel Simon."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"Tier two Renoir, but well worth hunting down, not least for Michael Simon's mighty Catweazle beard."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"This film from 1932 shows Renoir's gift for storytelling and comedy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Recognized for its marvelous characterizations, its splendid acting and its inventive film technique."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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