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The Green Room (1978)
"La chambre verte" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 1978 (France)
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A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago. He gathered in the green room all Julie's objects. When a fire destroys ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julien Davenne
Cecilia Mandel
Jean Dasté ...
Bernard Humbert
Patrick Maléon ...
Jeanne Lobre ...
Mme Rambaud (as Jane Lobre)
Antoine Vitez ...
Bishop's secretary
Jean-Pierre Moulin ...
Gerard Mazet
Serge Rousseau ...
Paul Masigny
Jean-Pierre Ducos ...
Priest in the mortuary room
Annie Miller ...
Genevieve Mazet
Nathan Miller ...
Genevieve Mazet's son
Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville ...
Yvonne Mazet (as Marie Jaoul)
Monique Dury ...
Laurence Ragon ...
Marcel Berbert ...
Dr. Jardine


A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago. He gathered in the green room all Julie's objects. When a fire destroys the room, he renovates a little chapel and devotes it to Julie and his other dead persons. Written by Yepok

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The photos on the chapel wall consist of François Truffaut's friends and idols, such as Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Jean Cocteau, Guillaume Apollinaire, Oscar Wilde and Henry James, the author of the story on which the film is based, as well as Maurice Jaubert, whose music is used in the film. See more »


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Not the Best from the Director
4 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Green Room, The (1978)

** (out of 4)

Truffaut plays a journalist still grieving the death of his wife nearly ten years after her passing. Her passing helped his obsession of death, which ends up making him a friend in an equally strange woman (Nathalie Baye) who also has her own interesting thoughts on the subject. As his obsession grows deeper, the man decides to buy a chapel and turn it into a sanctuary for his wife and other dead friends. This is an extremely bizarre film from Truffaut and while I'm still new to his work, this here is certainly the least entertaining of his films that I've seen. I think the entire film is just one real big mess that never really makes sense of what it's trying to do. I couldn't help but feel a tad bit lost as the movie never really seems clear as to what it's trying to say about death as both characters are pulling in opposite directions. I found their relationship to be extremely forced and completely make belief as not for a single second did I feel either one could care for the other. Another minor issue was the performance by Baye, which I thought was rather weak. The problem with this is that Truffaut was pretty good and the two just don't work very well together and in the end it hurts the film because not only does their relationship feel weak but it doesn't help that the actor is so many better than the partner. I'd be lying if I said I hated this movie because I really didn't. There just wasn't anything here that kept me overly entertained and in the end I was just too bored by the characters and screenplay.

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