"Assume a virtue if you have it not"  
(from Hamlet by Shakespeare)

Beau-père (1981) - writer/director Monsiuer Bertrand Blier

Beau Pere is about the coming of age of a young woman. While some think that it deals with incest and other such tripe, This in fact, is sheer nonsense, the young woman is of marriageable age in most countries (although it would be a waste of her life, no doubt) and is simply the daughter of the woman formerly the lover of the man in question here, in this movie that takes on her education as it were, as to what the world thinks of her budding emotions in such respects.

The importance in this movie it seems to me is that it shows that the proper handling of human emotions is critical to emotional and the overall psychological well being of each individual and indeed the whole of society and that this cannot be left up to a charlatan when it comes to the raising of children, or the initiation into the world of loving relationships by those ill equipped to do so.

That is my opinion of the particular dynamics between the two souls here that are flung together by the tragic death of a beautiful young woman, the mother in question that I refer to in the paragraph above. While the young daughter displays a desire for genuine love caring compassion and a real hug, She is in fact been matched with the personality of what we would call a "geek" by any comparison at all. This is what makes the movie important. 

If you analyze the interactions closely, you will find she is merely being manipulated and abused in fact by a personality type that cannot do her justice in fact as they are altogether from different orientations on the matter. Sensitivity has more to do with substance than merely superficiality in style that merely seeks to assert itself as adequate in this regard. It must actually accomplish its aim in the minds of a truly sensitive viewer and certainly the recipient of such treatment and interactions generally. The young woman therefore needs a "real Frenchman" that has earned his great reputation among men, rather than simply a default "member of the French club" as it were. 

This important movie better teaches us to care and to do so in honest manner by matching people appropriately. And it takes the willingness to call a spade a spade, if abusive outcomes are to be avoided altogether in fact, as "you cannot teach an old dog new tricks" as it were.

Michael Rizzo Chessman
michael@moviesbyrizzo.info

 

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