César et Rosalie
In this story, two and two make three. Rosalie and David... Rosalie and César... César and David. Rosalie, beautiful and hard to manage had an affair with David; then he went away; then, she got married ... not for long; she went her own way; and then she found César ... César whose exuberant vitality satisfies Rosalie's terrific lust for life. César is a self-made man. He earns a lot of money by wrecking cars, subway cars, boats. He is crazy about poker and about Rosalie. And the girl for him is like a fifth ace up his sleeve. The end of the story ? No, the beginning ! They don't get married and they don't have children...
...especially since David comes back... from long ago and far away ! ... David, who is still in love with Rosalie.
- "... it presents not one but two unusually good performances: by Montand, as a scrap-metal dealer with international connections, and by Romy Schneider as the woman who loves him sometimes and lives with him sometimes, not always at the same sometimes. [W]e’ve had a good time and enjoyed... the way Romy Schneider can make a half-shy smile into the suggestion of unimaginable carnal possibilities."
- "Featuring another expressive, vibrant score from Philippe Sarde, opening the film with a beat promising the tone of a thriller, as well as Jean Boffety’s (The Things of Life; Je t’aime je t’aime) articulate framing (featuring plenty of handsome close-ups, particularly of Schneider in her custom made Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe), Cesar and Rosalie stays adamantly, wonderfully true to its complexities."
- "Sautet's film offers an interesting snapshot of shifting sands in the Seventies sexual revolution."
- "Romy Schneider... has never been more calmly beautiful."
- "Sautet and his frequent writing partner, Jean-Loup Dabadie, were masters of the intricately triangulated menage-a-trois, as in the delightful “Cesar and Rosalie” (1972), where bohemian cartoonist Sami Frey and wealthy businessman Yves Montand become unlikely BFFs while competing for the see-sawing affections of their mutual mistress (Schneider)."
- "Sautet’s films are a careful study of human subjectivity and reflect our struggle to find meaning and love in our often complex, difficult and fragmented relationships through life."
Awards & Recognition
Best Foreign Actor
David di Donatello Awards