May Fools (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

May Fools (1989)




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Louis Malle's May Fools is a lush and luxuriant look at everyday life for one family in Southern France in 1968. Milou (Michel Piccoli) is an older man who has lived his whole life with his mother on the family's estate, enjoying every aspect of rural life and quite content with his own existence. The death of Milou's mother, the family matriarch, brings the entire clan together for one weekend to settle the estate. The clan includes Milou, his daughter Camille (Miou-Miou) and her family, daughter Claire (Dominique Blanc) and her lesbian lover, as well as several others. The story centers on the reluctance of many of the family members to keep Milou living on the estate, as the family feels it is time to sell and get what money they can. Malle made a career of close-up views of peoples' lives and loves. May Fools seems to weave the smallest threads of personal behavior into a diverse tapestry of human interactions and connections. Milou attempts to show his family what can happen if a person lets life lead him instead of always trying to lead one's life. The group flees into the forest after hearing rumors that a student uprising will spill into the countryside, and here their loves and weaknesses begin to take over.


as Camille
Bruno Carette
as Grimaldi
Paulette Dubost
as Mme. Vieuzac
Rozenn Le Tallec
as Marie-Laure
Renaud Danner
as Pierre-Alain
Jeanne Herry
as Francoise
Etienne Draber
as Mr. Boutelleau
Valérie Lemercier
as Mrs. Boutelleau
Bernard Brocas
as The Priest
Serge Angeloff
as Adele's fiance
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Critic Reviews for May Fools

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

I like it because of the time I got to spend with the characters as they dealt with family matters over a period of days. It was intrinsically interesting, not because of what it was about, but simply because of what it was.

January 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though well acted by great French actors (Michel Piccoli), Malle's tale, set in 1968 in the countryside, is too light and trivial as family melodrama

December 29, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Revolves around the response of a large family to the death of the matriarch.

January 19, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for May Fools

Fabulous little comedy on the aftermath of the death of a matriarch of the family. Classic Malle.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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