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Villerville, in the footsteps of the film "A Monkey in Winter"

Walking tour

Shot in 1962, the film "Un Singe en Hiver" by Henri Verneuil with Jean Gabin and Jean-Paul Belmondo was mostly filmed in Villerville. The filming locations are still visible today, symbolized by totems in the center of Villerville, renamed Tigreville for the occasion.


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The Normand Cabaret
Cabaret Normand is the cafe where Jean-Paul Belmondo (Fouquet) orders a Picon-beer after arriving in Tigreville (Villerville). After having drunk several, he becomes drunk and a conversation begins with the regulars of the cafe come together and praise the merits of their village.
Cabin Street
Stella Hotel
The Stella Hotel is run by Albert Quentin (played by Jean Gabin), a former rifleman, with his wife Suzanne (played by Suzanne Flon). Alcoholic, Albert Quentin promises his wife that if the hotel resists the bombings of the Second World War he quits alcohol. The hotel is spared and he must keep his promise.
Street of Maréchal Foch
Gendarmerie of Tigreville
It is in front of the gendarmerie of Tigreville (Villerville) that Gabriel Fouquet (Jean-Paul Belmondo), slightly drunk, plays bullfighters in the middle of the cars with his jacket. This unconscious game brings him before the gendarmerie.
Street of Maréchal Foch
The bullfighting scene features Gabriel Fouchet (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who, drunk, lives a waking dream in Spain. He takes himself for a bullfighter and plays a bullfight with his jacket in the middle of the cars on Rue du Général Leclerc.
General Leclerc Street
The lookout is located at the end of the Rue de la Cabine, at the corner of the Cabaret Normand and gives access, by stairs, to the beach dike. Gabriel Fouquet and Suzanne Quentin come to discuss there because Suzanne fears that Gabriel is a bad influence for her husband.
Cabin Street
At Chic Parisien
After his discussion with Suzanne Quentin (Suzanne Flon) at the level of the lookout, Fouquet (Jean-Paul Belmondo) runs along the beach, goes up the Rue des Bains and arrives at the boutique "Au Chic Parisien," a clothing store to find a garment warm for little girl.
Abel Mahu Street
Villerville Beach
The sandy beach of Villerville stretches for several kilometers towards Honfleur and is only accessible at low tide. For swimming, the beach is unsupervised.
The beach on the side of the Parc des Graves, which is more wild, brings you closer to the cliffs of the Roches Noirs. That of the baths, further east, offers a pleasant promenade, bordered on one side by a long sandy beach, and on the other Villerville dominating the sea from the cliff.

Access to the center of Villerville is difficult by car, we recommend that you reach the beach on foot via Rue de la Cabine (Plage des Bains) and Chemin des Fondrières (Plage des Graves)
The beach is unsupervised throughout the year, be careful when swimming.
Dogs are prohibited from July 1 to August 31 on the beach and on the Villerville promenade between 9 a.m. and 18 p.m. They are only authorized on the so-called grave beach, from the access to the beach at the end of the graves pedestrian path and only on the cliffs side. For horses, a tolerance is granted by a specific access located in Parc des Graves, chemin des Fondrières. At low tide only.
Shellfish fishing is prohibited all year round in the town of Villerville.
Dike tower
The tower at the end of the Villerville dike, facing the sea, appears at the start of the film when Tigreville (Villerville) is under occupation. When the village was bombed, the tower was in flames as well as the facades of Rue Foch.
Rue des Bains

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