The [CESAR] is a heavy, squat, expressionistic sculpture that looks somewhat like a wrecked car that has been squashed together in a junkyard. Recalling that [Bette Davis] had won two Oscars, [Olivia de Havilland] told Davis, "Judging by its weight, I would say that one Cesar is worth two Oscars."
Countering this pessimism, "[Trois Hommes] et Un Couffin" has evoked a good deal of optimism in the industry. It has outdrawn all U.S. movies on the French market. For this reason, the movie was a favorite to win its Cesar. But there was a good deal of drama anyway when [Coline Serreau] failed to come forward to accept the Cesar from the distinguished French actors Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud. Serreau was acting in a play in a Paris theater, but she entered the auditorium at the last minute and rushed to the cameras to accept the award just before the show went off the air.
In other awards, Christopher Lambert won the best actor Cesar for his portrayal of an obsessed, underworld lover in "Subway," Sandrine Bonnaire won the best actress Cesar for her portrayal of a young dropout from society hopelessly seeking freedom in "Sans Toit Ni Loi" (Without Roof or Law), and Michel Deville won the Cesar for direction of "Peril en La Demeure" (Peril in the Household), a dark film of bizarre adultery and murder.