Love at the Top

Love at the Top (French: Le Mouton enragé, lit.'The Rabid Sheep') is a 1974 satirical comedy-drama film directed by Michel Deville from a screenplay by Christopher Frank,[1] based on the 1956 novel Le Mouton enragé by Roger Blondel.

Love at the Top
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FrenchLe Mouton enragé
Directed byMichel Deville
Screenplay byChristopher Frank
Based onLe Mouton enragé
by Roger Blondel
Produced byLéo L. Fuchs
CinematographyClaude Lecomte
Edited byRaymonde Guyot
Music bySaint-Saëns
  • Viaduc Productions
  • T.R.A.C.
Distributed byS.N. Prodis
Release dates
  • 13 March 1974 (1974-03-13) (France)
  • 14 March 1974 (1974-03-14) (Italy)
Running time
105 minutes
  • France
  • Italy


Nicolas Mallet is a modest bank employee resigned to social mediocrity for the security that his job gives him. Introverted and dull, with the assistance and under the guidance of a former high school friend, novelist Claude Fabre, he will become a confident seducer, an opportunist upstart with no defined ambition. In the aftermath of the oil crisis, the Bel Ami of the 1970s experienced a remarkable social rise, relying exclusively on women whom he seduced almost unwittingly, while being remotely guided by Fabre. Going to seek power from those who rule him, knowing how to make himself indispensable, he will succeed in his ascent and favor that of his first conquest. It is only at the end of the film that we discover the real reasons behind Fabre's manipulative attitude.



  1. ^ Brennan, Sandra (2016). "Love at the Top". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.

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