Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre (1989)


Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre (1989)

France experienced one of the most chilling winters in 1954.It was during that harsh weather that a catholic priest L'Abbé Pierre wrote an open letter to minister of housing to provide shelter to numerous homeless people.
IMDb  6.2 /10
Director Denis Amar
Writer Marie Devort
Writer Denis Amar
Release Date1989-11-01
Runtime1h 42mins
GenreBiography, Drama
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 1 nomination.
CompanyLes Productions Belles Rives, Les Productions Belles Rives, Midships Associés
L'abbé Pierre
Le ministre de l'intérieur Léon Martinaud-Déplat
Pierre Brisson
Le député Robert Buron
Pierre Debauche
Pierre Debauche
Le ministre Maurice Lemaire
Le sénateur Charmat
Jacques (as Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu)
Michel Amphoux
Michel Amphoux

Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre

Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre is a 1989 French film, directed by Denis Amar, and starring Lambert Wilson and Claudia Cardinale. Supporting actor Robert Hirsch won a Best Supporting Actor award from the French Academy of Cinema for the film.


Based on a true story, the film recounts the efforts by a parish priest, Father Pierre, to gain assistance from the government for the homeless, who after World War II were living in poverty and suffering from one of the coldest winters on record. His plea, which was published in newspapers, roused public support and resulted in the establishment of a charity, "Les Chiffoniers d'Emmaus" (The Ragpickers of Emmaus) to raise funds for them. The charity is still operational.


  • Lambert Wilson – Father Pierre
  • Claudia Cardinale – Helene Vannier
  • Robert Hirsch – Raoul
  • Bernie Bonvoisin – Castaing
  • Isabelle Petit-Jacques – Mademoiselle Coutaz
  • Stephane Butet – Jean
  • Wladimir Yordanoff – Senator Charmat
  • Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu – Jacques
  • Laurent Terzieff – Press Boss
  • Bernard Lefort – Paris Prefect of Police


Robert Hirsch won the César Award for Best Supporting Actor from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma in 1990.