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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Release Date:

29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$732 (USA) (26 August 2011)


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

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1.37 : 1
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At the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion Best Film award, Jean-Luc Godard praised the film for being "resplendent in its youthfulness and greatness". See more »


Delphine: I'm not very operational in life.
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Follows Full Moon in Paris (1984) See more »

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This movie is wonderful, but not for everyone.
21 July 2004 | by (Columbia, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of this director. I saw this film many years ago, and it made a great impression on me. It is one of the most hopeful movies I have ever seen. It think it captures how magical moments can intrude into our lives when we least expect them. This is an exceedingly quiet movie, but stay with it, it builds up to a wonderful catharsis. The lead actress gives a good depiction of a frustrated, melancholy woman trying to find her way out of difficult period in her life. To enjoy this movie, it helps greatly if you are fascinated by unusual astronomical phenomena, and French and Swedish women. . .and you must be willing to stick to a movie which has long moments when not much seems to be happening. I guess I really like the lead actress, she is superb!

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