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A Simple Story (1978)

Une histoire simple (original title)
A simple story about simple people. A 38 old divorced woman (Marie), who now has a lover (Serge) but decides to leave him, abort his baby, and then returns with her ex-husband (Georges). ... See full summary »

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Marie
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Georges
Claude Brasseur ...
Serge
Roger Pigaut ...
Jérôme
Arlette Bonnard ...
Gabrielle
Francine Bergé ...
Francine
Sophie Daumier ...
Esther
Éva Darlan ...
Anna (as Eva Darlan)
Nadine Alari ...
La gynécologue
Vera Schroeder ...
Françoise
Pierre Semmler ...
Patrick (as Peter Semler)
Barbara Rix
Jean-François Garreaud ...
Christian (as Jean-François Garreau)
Yves Knapp ...
Martin
Nicolas Sempe ...
Maurice (as Nicolas Sempé)
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A simple story about simple people. A 38 old divorced woman (Marie), who now has a lover (Serge) but decides to leave him, abort his baby, and then returns with her ex-husband (Georges). Their daily life and of their friends, who have the same typical problems. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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A beautiful movie about the passage into middle age.
5 October 2003 | by (Amherst, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. It's not really for kids. To appreciate it fully I think you have to be older. It's about the last moment of youth on the edge of the passage into middle age. It's about getting a sense of who you and the people around you really are.

Romy Schneider is beautiful and seems to incarnate this quiet but strong woman. In a way this is a woman's picture. It concentrates mainly on the women. The men are weaker, on the whole, but not in the programmatic way of bad "feminist" films. In one scene the women are cooking together, getting into a serious argument, then somebody spills something and they suddenly unite in cleaning it up. That might be an emblem of the movie. Tough things happen, but life goes on.

One of the remarkable qualities of this film is the thick sense of reality it gives--of a world of co-workers and friends which you never fully encompass. You're seeing a slice of life, and you feel there's much more life extending out in all directions.

The direction is subtle, understated but beautiful compositions and a lovely way of starting with a shot and then moving to another without a cut. Many frames are filled with people, and a sense, again, of thick life surrounding this story. Either I missed it when it came out, or didn't get it and forgot, but this time it was a revelation to me.


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