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33 Ratings

White Shanks

Pattes blanches

Directed by Jean Grémillon
France, 1949


In a Breton village by the sea Jock le Guen, a wealthy trader returns from the city with his mistress Odette, whom he intends to marry. She don’t restrain her sensual impulses and offers herself to the village squire, Julien de Keriadec nicknamed Pattes Blanches and to the asocial Maurice.

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White Shanks Directed by Jean Grémillon

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

1949 | Winner: Best Combination of Editing and Cinematography (Special Prize)

Critics reviews

The stark, rocky cliffs and moldering chateau, night scenes and cave-like interiors give the film an otherworldly, dark fairy tale feeling that suits its archetypal characters: the fickle and selfish temptress (Suzy Delair); the lonely hunchbacked maid; the reclusive, eccentric aristocrat (Paul Bernard); and his gaunt, passionately resentful bastard half-brother (Fernard Ledoux).
November 18, 2014
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