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Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

Daddy Nostalgie (original title)
PG | | Drama | May 1991 (USA)
The setting is the Riviera in autumn. A retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery but it has, apparently, done little to relieve his constant pain or improve his ... See full summary »

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(story) (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagan), (dialogue) (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagan) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Daddy
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Caroline
Odette Laure ...
Miche
Emmanuelle Bataille ...
Juliette
Charlotte Kady ...
Barbara
Michele Minns ...
Caroline, as a child
Sophie Dalezio ...
Nurse #1
Sylvie Segalas ...
Nurse #2
Hélène Lefumat ...
Dame Hopital
Andrée Duranson ...
Yvonne
Raymond Defendente ...
Jimmy
Fabrice Roux ...
Fisherman
Gilbert Guerrero ...
Garcon Restaurant
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Mr. Metro
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Storyline

The setting is the Riviera in autumn. A retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery but it has, apparently, done little to relieve his constant pain or improve his long-term survival prospects. During his recuperation Caroline, his adult daughter, comes from Paris to be with him and her mother, Miche, and she and her father begin to communicate as adults for the first time. Written by Paul Berk <pbnyc@compuserve.com>

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$1,108,429 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Dirk Bogarde's final acting role before his death on May 8, 1999 at the age of 78. See more »

Crazy Credits

As the final song is "These Foolish Things" is heard, on the line "a cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces" the screen slowly fades to black and the words "À Michael Powell" scroll up the screen. 'Michael Powell' was a friend of and had worked with Tavernier and had recently died of cancer. See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

These Foolish Things
Written by Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey
Performed by Jane Birkin and Jimmy Rowles
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Daddy Nostalgie is a bittersweet glimpse into one family's struggle to be a family.
28 June 2001 | by (Victoria, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Daddy Nostalgie centers its attention on Jane Birkin's character, Caroline, who is a successful screenwriter based in Paris. As the story opens, she receives a call from her mother explaining that her father is in the hospital recovering from heart surgery. Tony Russell, her father, played by Dirk Bogarde in his final role, was a successful international salesman who had to spend much of his career traveling abroad. Caroline, ever the dutiful daughter, then travels to the Cote d'Azur to be by her parents' side during this family crisis. During this time, Caroline finally has a chance to get to know her father for what might be the first time.

While most films tend to gloss over the more complex and lasting aspects of familial relationships, this film focuses on them. In life, every action is steeped in history, and every action carries with it consequences for good and/or for ill. This film is true to that reality. Daddy Nostalgie examines how people live with the consequences of their actions, how those consequences often echo through the generations, and how we can both love and hate someone at the same time.

What makes this film superior is how the director is able to show the emotional complexity of the characters. They are forced to confront many opposites, such as love and hate, life and death, marriage and divorce. While struggling to remain calm on the surface, each character must try to suppress the emotions being churned up within. Tavernier is able to show how everyone is successful, but only to a point, of maintaining such a false front. All are trying to hide their feelings from the others, but also from themselves. And it is why and how they maintain these facades that make this film both interesting and bittersweet.


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