Cinema: Laughter Through Screams

The Five-Day Lover (Kingsley International), for about an hour and a half, is the year's funniest movie, a pouf of glittering froth from France. And then, as though the camera were slowly drawing back, the context of the comedy widens and the laughter dies in the spectator's belly as he perceives that the froth is bubbling from the lips of a corpse, from the sores of a rotting civilization. The effect is disturbing and profound. In his third feature film Director Philippe de Broca (The Love Game, The Joker) emerges as a narrow but...

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