Cookies (film)

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Les Galettes de Pont-Aven.jpg
Directed byJoël Séria
Produced byEric Geiger
Screenplay byJoël Séria
StarringJean-Pierre Marielle
Distributed byCompagnie Française de Distribution Cinématographique
Release date
  • 20 August 1975 (1975-08-20)
Running time
105 minutes

Cookies (French: Les Galettes de Pont-Aven, "The Galettes of Pont-Aven") is a French drama film directed by Joël Séria.


Henri Serin (Jean-Pierre Marielle) is a middle-aged travelling umbrella salesman from Saumur who lives a sexless and unhappy married life with his puritan wife (Gisèle Grimm) and two children. Painting is the only true passion of Henri but he also has an affection for female buttocks. One night, on the roads of Brittany he hits a boar with his car. Émile (Bernard Fresson), a rude and carefree painter who lives in a cottage near Riec-sur-Belon meets Henri and invites him to stay at his house while the car is being fixed. Henri falls in love with Émile's Canadian live-in girlfriend Angela (Dolores McDonough) who draws Henri's attention with her beautiful buttocks. Henri and Angela leave Émile after a violent confrontation and move to Pont-Aven, 'the city of painters'. Angela encourages Henri to continue his life as a painter and he sees this as an opportunity to leave his earlier life behind. However, Angela soon dumps him for Émile and Henri becomes a drunkard, butt of jokes in the town, and a painter unable to sell a single painting. Marie (Jeanne Goupil), the teenage maid working at the pension Henri stays, is apparently in love with him but he seems to neglect her because his mind is too occupied with Angela. However, at a kermesse where the two sing Kenavo by Théodore Botrel, Henri faces his true feelings for Marie. He finds pure love and a pair of beautiful buttocks in her and decides to make a new start in his life. Eventually, Henri and Marie begin to live together and are seen happily selling galettes and toffee apples on a Névez beach.



Year Award Category Recipient Result
1976 César Award Best Actor Jean-Pierre Marielle Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Andréa Ferréol Nominated


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