1930s comedy starring Michel Simon as Boudu, a tramp saved from drowning in the Seine by a wealthy bookseller, who provides him shelter in his bourgeois household. The unruly vagrant causes havoc in this civilised environment, seducing the bookseller's wife and his mistress, as well as striking it lucky in the lottery. Having brought anarchy to the middle class family, he eventually begins to pine for his old life and decides to return to the freedom of the river. This classic of French cinema was directed by Jean Renoir, and later remade in Hollywood as 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills' (1986).
Almost 80 years on, it still has a superb energy --The Guardian
a film that feels as ripe now as it did the year it was made --Time Out
One of the greatest social comedies ever made --Total Film