La bonne année

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La bonne année
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Screenplay by Claude Lelouch and Pierre Uytterhoeven
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Jean Collomb
Edited by Georges Klotz
Distributed by Films 13
Release date
  • 13 April 1973 (1973-04-13) (France)
Running time
115 minutes
Country France
Language French

La bonne année (also known in the United States as Happy New Year) is a 1973 film directed by Claude Lelouch.


Simon, a gangster (Lino Ventura) with his accomplice (Charles Gérard), prepares to take part in the "first psychological hold-up in the history of crime". Next door to the jewellers of Van Cleef & Arpels, on the Croisette, in Cannes, they find the shop of a beautiful antiques dealer (Françoise Fabian) who befriends the group.

The gangster and the antiques dealer fall in love. He is friendly but unrefined, she is cultivated and independent, but discovers that talking with Simon shows up her vanity, and she desires a simple and clean love. The hold-up which had been planned for a long time is shown to be more sophisticated than his methods of seduction.


About the film[edit]

Much of the film was financed by advertising, particularly for Van Cleef & Arpels.


  • Best actor at the San Remo Film Festival for Lino Ventura and Françoise Fabian
  • Prix Triomphe du Cinéma 1973

American remake[edit]

The film was remade as Happy New Year directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Peter Falk, Charles Durning and Tom Courtenay.

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