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23 May 1984 (France) See more »
A desperate alcoholic reaches a turning-point in his life when he meets a strange woman in a railway carriage: they make love, but then she leaves. Chasing after the girl, he clings to her as if she were his final chance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Alain Delon ... Robert Avranche

Nathalie Baye ... Donatienne Pouget / Marie-Thérèse Chatelard / Geneviève Avranche
Gérard Darmon ... Duval
Geneviève Fontanel ... Madeleine Pecqueur

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... The second passenger
Sabine Haudepin ... Carmen
Jean-François Stévenin ... Chatelard
Ginette Garcin ... The florist

Michel Galabru ... Emile Pecqueur
Philippe Laudenbach ... Sam
Paul Guers ... Clark
Jean-Louis Foulquier ... Bob
Jacques Pisias ... Fred (as Firmin)

Vincent Lindon ... Brechet
Norbert Letheule ... Paraiso

Bernard Farcy ... Farid
Pierre Le Rumeur
Michel Peyrelon ... A neighbour

Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... A neighbour

Jean Reno ... A neighbour
Christian Bouillette ... A neighbour
Jacques Denis ... A neighbour
Nadia Barentin
Eric Prat
Sébastien Floche
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphane Boucher ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Bertrand Blier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bertrand Blier 

Produced by
Alain Delon .... producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Laurent Rossi 
Cinematography by
Jean Penzer 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
Costume Design by
Michèle Cerf 
Andree Demarez  (as Andree Desmarez)
Irénée Martin  (as Irenee Martin)
Marie-Françoise Perochon 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup artist
Jean-Pierre Eychenne .... makeup artist
Fouzia Harleman .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Gérard Crosnier .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bertrand Arthuys .... assistant director
Luc Goldenberg .... first assistant director
Emmanuel Jardin .... associate director
Art Department
Colombe Anovilh .... set dresser
Georges Bouillette .... construction coordinator
Gabriel Béchir .... set dresser (as Gabriel Bachir)
Jean Colin .... set dresser
Michel Grimaud .... property master
André Guérin .... set dresser (as Andre Guerin)
Gérard James .... set dresser (as Gerard James)
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound mix technician
Bernard Bats .... sound
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Michel Kharat .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... camera operator
Michel Coteret .... assistant camera
Gilbert Darraux .... key grip
André Nové .... gaffer (as Andre Nove)
Eric Vallée .... assistant camera (as Eric Vallee)
Editorial Department
Jeanne Kef .... assistant editor
Annick Menier .... assistant editor
Sylvie Quester .... assistant editor
Philippe Tourret .... color timer
Other crew
Daniel Champagnon .... production administrator
Annie Maurel .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Our Story" - , International (English title) (literal title)
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Brazil:110 min | Argentina:110 min | USA:110 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A surreal twist on marriage!, 24 April 2001
Author: Darren Parry from Holyhead, Wales

Please don't get me wrong - I like this movie. It is pure 80's French romantic cinema, has two excellent leads, and like the Flic flicks of the time, has relevant modern themes. It is, however, deeply flawed.

"Notre Histoire" is a classic example of a movie in which an established director carries out all the mistakes he should have shaken off at film school. For instance, Blier is the only director I know who doesn't know how to use music effectively - music is just slotted in at random points, and very unsuitable points at that.

Like a lot of Blier's work, this is a film of confusion, alternative reality and twisted takes on what we call normal life. Its' characters change persona, distance becomes meaningless, relationships blur - yet the film's final few seconds puts everything - and I do mean EVERYTHING - into sharp context.

Essentially, this is a vehicle for Alain Delon, but it's nowhere in the same league as Le Samourai. It's Delon - the King of 60s Cool - playing Robert, a middle-aged man in crisis; yes, playing against type! His marriage is on the rocks, but being Delon, he attracts the attention of wayward young mother Donatienne (Baye). After a fleeting assignation on an SNCF train, Robert won't let go. Donatienne is the woman for him, and he won't give her up! To hell with the marriage, the job, the house, the normal life - let's be reckless!

What follows is a series of surreal set pieces taking Robert from fascination to obsession to the spiritual nature of beer. The surreal nature of the film does throw up some problems as times. The objectification of women for instance; women are displayed as problematic objects for men; inconveniences that get in the way of a good Gallic life. Even Nathalie Baye herself is portrayed as a hooker, wife, mother, teacher and adulteress in many episodes of the tale.

However, the leads are wonderful - Delon gives it his seedy, confused best, whilst Baye (in my mind the most underrated French actress of her generation) gives a wonderful weak/strong performance as the many faces of Donatienne.

Yes, this is a surreal love story. Yes, this is so Gallic it could not be remade in English. Yes, it isn't perfect, but it's an excellent example of a purely French cinema that is simply too homegrown to be appreciated by a wider audience.

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