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Le coeur à l'envers (1980)

Laure is a 40-year-old psychologist who doesn't know her son, Jean. But the latter comes back to Paris and finds a brand new woman when he sees his mother.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Girardot ... Laure / Mother
Laurent Malet ... Julien / Son
Charles Denner ... Guillaume / Father
Stéphane Audran ... Jeanne
Florence Pernel ... Pauline
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Le voisin / The neighbor
Sébastien Drai Sébastien Drai ... Le petit garçon / The little boy
Coralie Clément Coralie Clément ... La concierge / The concierge
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Le gardien de musée / The museum guardian
Victoria Abril ... L'hôtesse / The hostess
Julie Jézéquel Julie Jézéquel
José María Guillén
Lidia Lopez Lidia Lopez
Eduardo Bea Eduardo Bea
Marie-José Sulme Marie-José Sulme


Laure is a 40-year-old psychologist who was separated her son, Julien after her divorce. She is a beautiful, attractive woman who takes lovers whenever she wants. Julien, now 23, finds her after having lived with his father, Guillaume for ten years. The arrival of him will upset her life. And he, first loving son, will become jealous, bringing to his mother a love. He acts like a jealous lover and manages to force a break with her boyfriend. He has adventurous ways, wants to monopolize her and leads her on a trip to Spain during which he pushes her to a perverse game bordering on incest. Fortunately, she will be only "mom". Written by lament

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Spain | France



Release Date:

10 September 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Heart Is Upside Down See more »

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Murmur of the heart
6 December 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Two years before ,Annie Girardot had already been cast as a mother who had serious problems with her teenage son (Stephane Hillel) in André Cayatte 's "A Chacun Son Enfer";the movie got unanimous thumbs down :"enough is enough" the critics wrote.

"Le Coeur A L'Envers " is more of the same ,in a much more restrained mode ;it is proof positive,as everyone past infancy knows, that psychology is not an exact science.

When it was released ,it was lambasted as few Girardot's movie were;"La Saison Cinematographique 1981"wrote:" spate of clichés, heavy-handed dialogue (however,it was written by Gerard Brach ,Roman Polanski's collaborator),too careful directing,you name it....

Seen today ,the movie ,which was not even granted an entry in the "Dictionnaire Des Films" has not worn that much bad.

Yes,Girardot's work with her patients is clichéd to a fault;both Charles Denner and Stephane Audran are wasted ;the affair with the latter's neurotic daughter does not make any sense (considering the short sequence with the streetwalkers,and Julien's exclusive love);We can also wonder how Mallet can sleep with Pauline ,and,at the same time ,wreck Denner's house -including a masterpiece and the sheets of the bed where the lovers have laid

But the Girardot/Mallet relationship is certainly smarter than the timid Massari/Ferreux one in Louis Malle's 1971 work.Mallet ,who is like Girardot a stage actor as well,has charm,mystery and ambiguity going for him;"the trip to Spain lacks madness" sneered the critics ,but its discreet treatment troubles the viewer,as the mother-and- son's attitude becomes more and more that of lovers ;And Girardot's final Freudian slip (Laure/mother) is downright baffling .

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