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Green Card (1990)

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A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

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Phil
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Gorsky
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Mrs. Sheehan
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Oscar
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Mr. Adler
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Storyline

George Faure is a Frenchman who has been offered a job in the U.S. But in order to get the job he must obtain a work permit - green card, and the easiest way is to marry an American. Bronte Parrish is a New Yorker who is a keen horticulturist and just found the perfect flat with its own greenhouse. Unfortunately the flat is for married couples only. A marriage of convenience seems the ideal solution to both problems. To convince the immigration officers they are married for love, they must move in with each other. As the mismatched couple attempt to cope with life together, they start to fall in love. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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The story of two people who got married, met, and then fell in love. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carte verde  »

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$29,888,235 (USA)
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First in US film for Gérard Depardieu. See more »

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Bronte's arm on Georges' arm when they talk for the first time to the government agents. See more »

Quotes

[trying to shift all the blame for their bogus marriage onto Georges]
Brontë Mitchell Faure: You stroll around my apartment, touching my things. Do you know what trouble you've gotten me into? Do you?
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Eyes On The Prize
Written by Harry Stewart
Performed by the Emmaus Group Singers
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Green Light for Viewing (DVD)
20 December 2005 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

A movie isn't never as much great as it can speak personally. This movie does it for me and I'm lucky. This review is thus very subjective but it comes from the heart....

First, it is a rare movie in which I feel my favorite town, New York as my neighborhood. The town really appears as an endless collection of big cubic buildings, but under the soft menace of the green invasion (trees, garden,...). All the roof scenes are memorable...

Then, McDowell plays an almost introvert woman in contrast to the French extraversion of Depardieu. Sure, being French, I support our national icon, who is particularly in his turf here, but I was more over captivated by the development of the Bronte character and her feelings. From her initial motivation, then indifference to exasperation and finally complicity & deep devotion, it was a remarkable evolution to behold and understand.

Finally, there's also a lot of subtext & subtlety here and it's great for the brain: I mean some things talks to our unconscious and the connection isn't immediate. For example, think how Africa is the main background: the emigration subject, the Afrika bar, the drums, the safari life ... There's also the sweet translation from Green Card to Green House, and the role of ecology... Like I already said, the green tries to grow in every free space left from the rock buildings, which is a poetic metaphor for the emigration...

So, a great romantic story in a wonderful setting & which leaves many doors to open...


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