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The Long Absence (1961)
"Une aussi longue absence" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  15 November 1962 (USA)
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Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thérèse Langlois
Georges Wilson ...
Le clochard
Charles Blavette ...
Amédée ...
Marcel Langlois
Paul Faivre ...
Le retraité
Pierre Parel ...
Un agent
Catherine Fonteney ...
Alice Langlois
Diane Lepvrier ...
Martine (as Diana Lepvrier)
Nane Germon ...
Charles Bouillaud ...
Corrado Guarducci ...
Un ouvrier
Clément Harari ...
L'homme au juke-box
Jean Luisi ...
Un ouvrier
Pierre Mirat ...
Jacques Harden ...
Pierre - le camionneur


Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment. It must be said that her spouse has not shown any signs of life ever since he had disappeared during the World War Two. Because the stranger has lost his memory, Thérèse tries hard to stir up memories in him but she fails. Is the stranger really the man of her life? Anyway, the tramp disappears once more. Alone again, Thérèse still hopes he will come back. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Italian censorship visa # 34357 delivered on 28-3-1961. See more »


Trois petites notes de musique
Composed by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by Henri Colpi
Performed by Cora Vaucaire
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Henri Colpi has directed an excellent masterpiece about companionship,life,loss of memory,obsession and war.
20 October 2013 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

For many amateurs associated with cinema, a successful film need to be entertaining with too many sequences occurring with great speed. If such is the concept which defines 'cinema' and 'films' then it would not be incorrect to apply the concept of slowness to many films whose 'real action' come into being only when all the characters and their roles have been clearly defined. This is the case with "The Long Absence"/"Une Aussi Longue Absence" directed by Henri Colpi. Among its important awards one can mention two important recognitions-Palme d'Or award 1961 and Louis Delluc prize 1960.Nothing spectacular happens within the first thirty minutes of this film. However, what gets shown during this time duration has a direct bearing on this film's title. Henri Colpi has set his film during post 14th July ("Quatorze Juillet" parade) holiday season in a quiet Parisian suburb where very few cars can be seen on roads, people know each other quite well and meet regularly at the local bar to listen to music and radio while having a few drinks. This film's 'real action' takes shape when the woman bar owner meets a tramp. This meeting has fatal consequences for both people. For a film based on a real story involving people who lost their families and memories during the war, Italian actress Alida Valli is excellent in her role as the female bar owner who is too obsessed about the memory of her husband who was left to fend for himself during deportation. It is her immense love for her husband which persuades her to view the tramp as her late husband. Actor Georges Wilson portrays his role with utmost care to reveal a tramp who is conscientious to the core. He is the one who delineates himself as the master of his destiny in all situations whether it is about appearance, choice of music or dwelling. There are not so many films which feature mature themes like companionship, life, loss of memory, obsession and war. Henri Colpi's film is considered a classic as well as a masterpiece due to its perfect handling and treatment of these life affirming themes.

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