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With one of their fathers recently deceased and the other hardly there, fate brings together fourteen-year-old Michelle, a young orphaned girl (Anicée Alvina) who has been taken in by her ... See full summary »

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With one of their fathers recently deceased and the other hardly there, fate brings together fourteen-year-old Michelle, a young orphaned girl (Anicée Alvina) who has been taken in by her cousin who doesn't want her, and fifteen-year-old Paul, an English boy (Sean Bury) studying in France and from a rich family, in a chance encounter at the zoo in Paris. Instant friends, the young couple flees Paris on impulse, and takes refuge in a tiny cottage owned by the girl's father in the Camargue near Arles in the South of France. With only each other and a growing love blossoming between them, they make a new life for themselves. Michelle gets pregnant, so they "get married" by simulating a ceremony, by following an actual wedding performed in the local church. It is just the pure innocence of youth that puts Paul and Michelle apart from the adults. Soon, a baby is born to them, with Paul acting as midwife with the know-how the couple picked up from reading a book on how babies are born that ... Written by Anonymous

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who needs the world when you own the moon and stars.

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Amigos  »

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Lewis Gilbert made this smaller, more intimate film after working back-to-back on two big budget extravaganzas - You Only Live Twice (1967) and _The Adventurers_. See more »

Quotes

Song lyrics: Out there there's not a sound to be heard, / And the seasons seem to sleep upon their words, / As the waters freeze up with the summer's end. / Oh, it's funny how young lovers start as friends. / Yes, it's funny how young lovers start as friends.
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Referenced in A Time to Love (1971) See more »

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Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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23 March 2005 | by (Napier, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Well what do you know, I was painting my house today and an Elton john song came on the radio, which immediately took me back to this movie which i saw in 1971. So long ago and so far away. Ten years later i hitched hiked through the country side of France, and i sure would have been keen to see Michelle. The film is probably not very sophisticated by todays standards, more's the pity, but it seemed rather racy back then. A few years later a sequel was made with Michelle living in a high rise in Paris and Paul coming back to meet her, just like life they had moved on, the film was very downbeat. Still the original was fab, and if you can get a copy go rent it, just remember to give it its' due and treat it gently. I note Americans can be rather prudish, so take note, contains scenes and themes possibly upsetting to middle America.


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