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1956 Rated NR 1hr 57m

In this adaptation of Émile Zola's novel L'Assommoir that won a BAFTA Award for Best Film, Maria Schell plays the title character, a crippled laundress who's been abandoned, along with her two sons, by her lover. Eventually, she marries blue-collar worker Henri Coupeau (François Périer, who won a BAFTA for Best Actor) and realizes her dream of running her own laundry. But the scourge of Coupeau's alcoholism threatens to ruin everything.

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Movie Details

1957 BAFTA®
1957 Academy Award®
  • Best Foreign Language Film nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

French: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.