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Un amour de pluie (1974)

Elizabeth and her daughter Cecile spend their holidays at a lakeside resort in the French mountains. Elizabeth falls in love with a strange Italian, Giovanni, while young Cecile is courted ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth
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Giovanni
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Mme Edith
Mehdi El Glaoui ...
Georges
Bénédicte Bucher ...
Cécile
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Le dragueur
Philippe Castelli ...
Le portier
Louis Navarre ...
Le maître d'hôtel
Pierre Mirat ...
Le patron du café
Albert Michel ...
Le client du café
Ermanno Casanova ...
Le père de Georges
Roselyne Vuillaume ...
Claudine
Dany Jacquet ...
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Jean-Paul Bouvier
Alain David ...
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Elizabeth and her daughter Cecile spend their holidays at a lakeside resort in the French mountains. Elizabeth falls in love with a strange Italian, Giovanni, while young Cecile is courted by an apprentice cook. It seems that mother and daughter are drifting apart from each other, but then their holidays are over. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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Loving in the Rain  »

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Bitter-sweet fleeting relationships
14 June 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Yet another of those French films that just catch a moment in time and the bitter-sweet fleeting relationships of people, shot with attractive photography, backed by charming music and centred on a good-looking pair of adulterous lovers.

Bored rich wife Élizabeth and her teenage daughter Cécile leave Paris for a few days' holiday in a spa hotel at Vittel run by the effervescent and ever-swigging Madame Édith. Élizabeth soon succumbs to a another guest, a mysterious solitary Italian called Giovanni, while Cécile promises her virginity to a lad in the kitchens called Georges. That's all there is: no plot, no action, and no character development beyond the fact that every love affair changes a woman at least a little.

It would be going too far to say the story enters the territory of Chekhov, though it is reminiscent of his tales of empty lives. For no political, cultural or spiritual dimension clutters the simple account of the parallel encounters. Echoes of French history intrude very tangentially when the characters visit Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, already turning into a shrine to the recently departed General de Gaulle, and a fountain at Domrémy-la-Pucelle allegedly used by Joan of Arc, a previous saviour of the nation.

Director and scenarist Jean-Claude Brialy gives himself an amusing cameo when he reprises his brief rôle in "Les 400 coups" as a man trying to pick up a beautiful woman. Back in 1959 it was Jeanne Moreau and here it is the delectable Romy Schneider, whose charm carried the picture for me.


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