Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux)
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Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux)
Boudu is a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, Edouard Lestingois. The Lestingois family decides to take in the irrepressible bum, and he shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations.
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,
"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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