A Monkey in Winter (film)

A Monkey in Winter
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Produced by Jacques Bar
Léon Sanz
Georges Valon
Written by Henri Verneuil
Jean Laborde
Francis Veber
Based on novel A Monkey in Winter
by Antoine Blondin
Starring Jean Gabin
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Suzanne Flon
Music by Michel Magne
Cinematography Louis Page
Edited by Monique and Françoise Bonnot
Release dates
  • 11 May 1962 (1962-05-11) (France)
Running time
105 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 2,417,209 admissions (France)[1]

A Monkey in Winter (French: Un singe en hiver) is a 1962 French comedy film directed by Henri Verneuil. It is based on the novel A Monkey in Winter by Antoine Blondin.[2]


Albert Quentin is a reformed alcoholic who once swore never to drink again. He has kept this promise to his wife for many years although as the owner of a small hotel he had opportunities galore to break it.

One day a stranger comes to town. He visits Quentin's little hotel because he is about to meet his daughter for the very first time. His name is Gabriel Fouquet and his daughter is already a pupil at the local school. Fouquet, who is obviously nervous about the looming encounter, tries to overcome his insecurity by having some drinks. Quentin, a retired soldier, wants to encourage Fouquet by telling him war stories about bravery. They drink together and undertake a major binge tour.

When Fouquet goes to fetch his daughter, Quentin accompanies him. After Quentin has bid them farewell, the girl still talks about the exotic fairy tale Quentin has told them about monkeys in winter.



Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote that while "nothing great or profound is offered in this whimsey", "this moodily masculine story has a strong strain of wistfulness that laces its robust humor and gives it more than merely comic quality."[3] He applauded the performances of all the main actors.[3]


Un singe en hiver was shot in Villerville.[4] Villerville celebrated the film's 50th anniversary with many events from 30 June to 20 October 2012.[5]


  1. Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. "A Monkey in Winter". Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  3. 1 2 Bosley Crowther (February 1, 1963). "Wistful Humor:Monkey in Winter' Has True Gallic Taste". The New York Times.
  4. "Bienvenue sur le site de Villerville". Villerville site. Retrieved December 24, 2012. C'est aussi dans ce village que Henri Verneuil a posé ses cameras pour la réalisation du Film Un Singe en Hiver, il y a 50 ans. In French.
  5. "Villerville fête les 50 ans du film d'Henri Verneuil "Un singe en hiver"". francetv.fr. Retrieved December 24, 2012. In French.

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