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Release Date:
5 January 1972 (France) See more »
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
Annie Girardot obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 1 March 2011, 4:01 PM, PST)

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Annie Girardot ... Muriel Bouchon

Philippe Noiret ... Gabriel Marcassus

Marthe Keller ... Vicka

Edith Scob ... Edith, Monod's wife
Catherine Samie ... Clotilde

Maria Schneider ... Mome
Lorenza Guerrieri ... Punaisa
Albert Simono ... Daniel (as Simono)
Claudine Assera ... La servante
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Sacha

Michael Lonsdale ... Monod (as Michel Lonsdale)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giulia Salvatori ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Blanc 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Blanc 

Produced by
Raymond Danon .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Film Editing by
Hélène Plemiannikov 
Production Management
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marco Pico .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lucien Yvonnet .... sound mixer
Other crew
Charles L. Bitsch .... technical advisor (as Charles Bitsch)

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Also Known As:
"La vieille fille" - France (original title)
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85 min
Color (Technicolor)
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A chronological jig-saw puzzle, 12 February 2007
Author: Franz-Erik Weiss from Sweden

This is a story about "fitting in" where you (and everyone else for that matter) are the odd man.

"La Vieille Fille" is a chronological jig-saw puzzle. You get all the pieces in their proper order but as they are all laying "face down" you never know what the next piece will be until it's turned over and inserted into its' place. That's the way the story plays out.

Each scene is more like a series of still-photographs rather than a motion picture. Dialog is sparse. Actually, "dialog" is a bad choice of expression, as most scenes consist of a monologue. It must have been a very difficult film to direct. But as daunting a task in creating this film, as it must have been - it has succeeded! The short scenes and long, silent spaces give the male thinker time to identify himself. The mood is tangible.

Philippe Noiret has been around for a long time and he's always a welcomed contributor to any film. He does very well in "La Vieille Fille". If you choose to see this film your eye will be upon him the whole length of it and once you get settled into the story you'll begin to think it is you (yourself) prodding along, scene after scene - not Noiret – right to the final, parting shot.

WARNING: "Matrix" and "Die Hard" fans - look elsewhere. You'll find no exploding automobiles and ticking bombs here and you'll end up slitting your wrists or stringing yourself up before the film is half-way through.

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