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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

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What's it About

Raoul (Depardieu) loves his wife, Solange (Laure), but she is chronically miserable and unsatisfied. At a restaurant, he approaches a complete stranger, Stephane (Dewaere), and convinces him to take Solange as a lover, to “cheer her up.” But Solange never warms to Stephane or anyone else... until she meets Christian (Liebman), a 13-year-old boy who has more wisdom than his years.

Why we love it

Depardieu and Dewaere, the marauding duo from Blier’s “Going Places,” reunite for this satirical French comedy of manners, this time taking a wide turn into the absurd. Both Raoul and Stephane are comically earnest in their quest to find a suitable lover for solemn, unsmiling Solange, and puzzled by her lack of erotic joie de vivre. What develops is outrageous and unconventional, but Blier’s “Handkerchiefs” is also perceptive about love, sex, and the pursuit of happiness.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"