Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux)
Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for the period when it was made.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jean Renoir's effortless 1932 masterpiece is as informal, beguiling, and subversive as its eponymous hero.

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Leo Robson
Financial Times

There is an ingenious performance from Michel Simon as the libidinous tramp and many entertaining comic touches.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

It's hard to imagine cinema without Boudu Saved From Drowning.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

This deliciously subversive 1932 social comedy kicked off Jean Renoir's greatest period.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

The most startling thing about Boudu is just how incredibly fresh it remains.

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Peter Freedman
Radio Times

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.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Tier two Renoir, but well worth hunting down, not least for Michael Simon's mighty Catweazle beard.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The plot is well known by now but the inventive execution's the thing here, still fresh after so many years. But in addition to whatever entertainment or… More
Eric Broome
Anyone who has seen "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" knows the thumbnail plot of Jean Renoir's "Boudu Saved from… More