The Green Ray (1986)
"Le rayon vert" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  29 August 1986 (USA)
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It's July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and "empty", but this won't last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amira Chemakhi ...
in Paris
Sylvie Richez ...
in Paris
María Luisa García ...
Manuella in Paris (as Lisa Hérédia)
Basile Gervaise ...
in Paris
Virginie Gervaise ...
in Paris
René Hernandez ...
in Paris
Dominique Rivière ...
in Paris
Claude Jullien ...
in Paris
Alaric Jullien ...
in Paris
Laetitia Riviere ...
in Paris
Isabelle Rivière ...
in Paris
Beatrice in Paris
Rosette ...
Françoise in Paris
Marcello Pezzutto ...
in Paris


Delphine's traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, so Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at loose ends. She doesn't want to travel by herself, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. A friend takes her to Cherbourg; after a few days there, the weepy and self-pitying Delphine goes back to Paris. She tries the Alps, but returns the same day. Next, it's the beach: once there, she chats with an outgoing Swede, a party girl, and a friendship seems to bud; then, suddenly, Delphine bolts, heading back to Paris. As she waits at the Biarritz train station, a young man catches her eye; perhaps a sunset and the sun's green ray await. Written by <>

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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$732 (USA) (26 August 2011)


$37,455 (USA) (9 December 2011)

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Delphine: [crying about her problems] I'm forgetting them. I didn't think of them. You talk of showing things... I don't know, I don't have anything. If I had something to show, people would see it, that's all!
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12 March 2006 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most beautiful movies in the whole world. We can see an extraordinary Marie Riviere playing Delphine in a simply but charming history about loneliness and life as we know it. This film teach us to not close our eyes to the real things and keep going to the future no matter how empty looks everything around us. This is an obligatory stop to every film addict in this planet because also has a great photography and an amazing screenplay, maybe the dialogs are not brilliant, however is made for captivate the sensitives souls; And there is a sequence when Delphine has a discussion about the meat that is just fabulous and is when you think, whoa! this is really a very impressive movie. Excellent.

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