La bonne année

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


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 driver 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 by the driver is shown to be more sophisticated than his methods of seduction.

About the film[edit]

The film was remade in 1987 by John G. Avildsen as Happy New Year, starring Peter Falk, Charles Durning, and Wendy Hughes.


Production : Films 13 (Paris), Rizzoli Film (Rome) Distributor- Films 13 (Paris)


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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