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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15 November 1962 (USA)  »

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The Long Absence  »

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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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Trois Petites Notes de Musique
5 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Generally the simple name of Marguerite Duras makes me yawn my head off.But here,not at all.Released in 1960, this little gem has almost sunk into oblivion,and for good reasons : Henri Colpi was not part of the Nouvelle Vague and it was a curse when His Majesty Godard's reign began.

Hindsight displays the great charms of this movie: the subject is finally close to "Un long Dimanche de Fiançailles" ,Jeunet's extravaganza,but it's an intimate drama and much more moving.

During WW2,Thérèse (Alida Valli,the great Italian thespian,excellent as ever) lost her husband;he had been reported missing in Germany.In her small bistro,she is still waiting,waiting...One days she spots a tramp on the street (George Wilson).Might he be the one?Might he? A film about souvenirs,lost illusions,fear of loneliness,nostalgia,hope against hope,"Une aussi longue absence" is all this and more.Enhanced by George Delerue's (who else?)delicate score,which features the little song "Trois petites notes de Musique" (= three little music notes) , an infinite poetry emanates from Colpi's work.

In 1960,there was not only Truff' or God' in France!Please give the non nouvelle vague directors a chance!They were not out of breath either.

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