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The Story of Paul (1975)

Histoire de Paul (original title)
A young man is put in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.


René Féret


René Féret
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Allio Paul Allio ... Paul Darras
Michel Amphoux Michel Amphoux ... Le costaud
Roland Amstutz ... Roland - un infirmier
Pierre Banderet Pierre Banderet ... Un infirmier (as Pierre Ascaride)
Jean Benguigui ... L'Italien
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch ... Jacques dit l'harmonica - un fou
Claude Bouchery Claude Bouchery ... Antoine dit l'angoisse - un fou
Gildas Bourdet Gildas Bourdet ... L'interne
Isabelle Caillard Isabelle Caillard ... Brigitte
Florence Camarroque Florence Camarroque ... La psychologue
Rémy Carpentier Rémy Carpentier ... L'infirmier
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... L'amnésique
Georges Conti Georges Conti ... Le mystique - un fou
Gérard Cruchet Gérard Cruchet ... Un malade de la salle B.
Jean Dautremay Jean Dautremay ... La voix forte - un fou


Following a failed suicide attempt, Paul, a young man, is sent to a psychiatric hospital. In a state of shock, he refuses to eat and drink. After a while, in order to make him go straight, the doctors have him transferred to ward B, where the methods used are more brutal and the patients more dangerous. Paul finally yields and becomes the "obedient madman" he is supposed to be. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

15 October 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pauls Geschichte See more »

Filming Locations:

Armentières, Nord, France See more »


Box Office


FRF200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Les Films Arquebuse See more »
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First film of René Féret and Paul Allio. See more »

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Sad story
11 November 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

René Feret is largely overlooked in his native France.His "Mystere Alexina" was certainly one of the most original movies of the thirty last years.

"Histoire de Paul" is a sad depressing story.Filmed on a shoestring budget,with no stars (like Bresson,his closest relative)and an austere treatment,Feret tells the story of a depressive young man ,an inmate in a psychiatrist hospital where humanity seems to have disappeared. The loss of a sense of self best describes this work.

Should appeal to people who were moved by Kenneth Loach's "family life" or Georges Franju's "la Tete Contre les Murs" .

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