Roundabout (1989)
"Un tour de manège" (original title)

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Al and Elsa have been a couple for some time, but the chances that their relationship will be long-lived are few. For one thing, Al is appallingly dependent on Elsa for his every emotional ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Gimenez ...
Daniel Jégou ...
Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc ...
Olivier Rateau
Thierry Fortineau ...
Albert Prévost ...
Brigitte Catillon ...
Directeur de la banque
Riccardo Freda ...
Ricardo, le réalisateur
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Claire Pascal ...
Soizic Arsal ...
Michel Francini ...
Emilio Giliotti


Al and Elsa have been a couple for some time, but the chances that their relationship will be long-lived are few. For one thing, Al is appallingly dependent on Elsa for his every emotional need. For another, Elsa is an incredibly elusive person, extremely difficult to pin down about anything - especially whatever is bothering her. How they have managed to survive this long is a cause for wonder. When Al gets an opportunity to be cast in a movie role, complete with no-cost occupancy in the casting agent's ugly but fashionable apartment, he jumps at the chance to provide a little material satisfaction for his beloved Elsa. But what exactly does she want? Written by J Grimshaw

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Release Date:

29 March 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La deuxième fois  »

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1.66 : 1
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Daniel Auteuil had been cast in the lead role but was replaced by François Cluzet, who had worked regularly in theatre with Pierre Pradinas. See more »


When Al is seen smoking a cigarette out the window, reflection of the crew can clearly be seen in the glass of the window. See more »


References L'Atalante (1934) See more »

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Intimate French Drama
21 January 2004 | by (France) – See all my reviews

"Un Tour de Manège" stars Juliette Binoche and Francois Cluzet as Elsa and Al, a pair of troubled Parisian lovers. The film gently portrays their initially broken relationship as they re-build it and it ultimately falls apart due to miscommunication and lies.

The film is slight in all senses, but it does elegantly sketch out the relationship of the protagonists. Cluzet's Al is strong and determined as he sets about constructing a career and looking after his beloved Elsa. Cluzet is a strong presence and his sheer physicality envelops the screen.

As the gamine Elsa, Binoche is very reminiscent of her role in Léos Carax's "Mauvais Sang". She is a passive, albeit bewitching presence. Her performance is low, key but the sadness in her eyes makes it utterly compelling.

Pradinas's direction is sure and steady. The screenplay by Pradinas and Alain Gautre however is a bit too rambling, lacking both direction and purpose.

Beautifully filmed on,location in Paris the film is very visual with strong blues and reds and fluid camera movement.

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