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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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Brontë's Lawyer
Jessie Keosian ...
Mrs. Bird
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Gorsky
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Mrs. Sheehan
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Anton
Danny Dennis ...
Oscar
Stephen Pearlman ...
Mr. Adler
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Adler
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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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1 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Bид нa жительство  »

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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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Georges is not carrying the photo album outside, after being interviewed by authorities. See more »

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Georges: [in response to Bronte's telling him that she will donate her time to a children's agriculture charity] If it amuses you, then do it.
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Holdin' On
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3 August 2001 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

Usually, romantic comedies are all the same, concerning their tone and their dialogue. „Green Card` by the great director Peter Weir („Truman Show`, „Witness`!), is a little different, which alone makes it sympathetic.

The film evokes interest right at the beginning because if people don't know exactly what it is all about, they might not get immediately what's happening. Brontë is already married to Georges the French composer. Other directors or screenwriters would have shown their wedding in detail, peppered with gags. But Weir sees that this is not necessary, it would only follow the convention.

Later we have unexpected plot twists and changes in the characters that are not always convincing but give the film an interesting, not too light base tone. And actually, Peter Weir is a too enthusiastic director to make a visually rather undemanding romance film. So he introduces some wonderful visual ideas like the scene where Georges is standing in front of Brontë's door, covered with a blanket, calling her name, while the camera shoots him from inside, through the „watcher`. I'm not particularly fond of Andie MacDowell because she always seems even more nervous than my English teacher, always presenting herself with a pained smile. In „Green Card` of course, the fact that she is not at all likeable (to me at least) fits perfectly, and one little wonder of the movie is that Gérard Depardieu can convincingly play that he is falling in love with her.

A comedy surprise.


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