The Lower Depths


Original Title: Les Bas-fonds

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Inhabitants of a flophouse struggle to survive under the harsh treatment imposed by the landlord, Kostyleva. One resident, young thief Wasska Pepel, ends his affair with the landlord's wife, Vassilissa, and takes up with her sister, Natacha. Pepel also befriends the baron, a former nobleman fallen on hard times, but Pepel's attempts at happiness are complicated when he's accused of murder by a spiteful Vassilissa.


IMDB 7.5 (3k)


Crime, Drama, Romance, Made in EuropeRomantic Drama


1h 32min

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Jean Renoir


Jean Gabin
Pepel Wasska
Suzy Prim
Vassilissa Kostyleva
Louis Jouvet
Le baron
Jany Holt
Nastia, la prostituée
Junie Astor
Natacha, la sœur de Vassilissa
Nathalie Alexeief-Darsène
Vladimir Sokoloff
le vieux Kostileff
Robert Le Vigan
l'acteur alcoolique
Camille Bert
le comte
André Gabriello
le commissaire Toptoum
René Génin
Lukas, le philosophe
Léon Larive
Félix, le valet de chambre du baron
Maurice Baquet
Aliocha, le fou accordéoniste
Paul Grimault