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Ma saison préférée
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Writers:
André Téchiné (writer)
Pascal Bonitzer (writer)
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Release Date:
19 April 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Old woman Berthe leaves her house to live in her daugter Emilie's one. Emilie and her brother Antoine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... Emilie

Daniel Auteuil ... Antoine
Marthe Villalonga ... Berthe
Jean-Pierre Bouvier ... Bruno

Chiara Mastroianni ... Anne

Carmen Chaplin ... Khadija
Anthony Prada ... Lucien
Michèle Moretti ... La directrice

Jacques Nolot ... L'homme du cimetière

Bruno Todeschini ... L'homme de l'hôpital
Jean Bousquet ... Le père d'Emilie

Roschdy Zem ... Medhi
Ingrid Caven ... La femme du bar
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Directed by
André Téchiné 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pascal Bonitzer  writer
André Téchiné  writer

Produced by
Alain Sarde .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
 
Film Editing by
Martine Giordano 
 
Casting by
Philippe Landowski 
 
Production Design by
Carlos Conti 
 
Costume Design by
Claire Fraisse 
 
Makeup Department
Loli Avellanas .... hair stylist (as Lolita Avellanas)
Michel Deruelle .... makeup consultant
Cédric Gérard .... makeup artist
Agathe Moro .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Albert .... production manager
Eric Duchêne .... assistant unit manager
Arnaud Dupont .... unit manager
Erwan Le Luron .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Vignier .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Bergonhe .... assistant director
Eric Chatriot .... second second assistant director
Anne-Isabelle Estrada .... assistant director
Noelle Leduc .... assistant director
Guy Mazarguil .... assistant director
Michel Nasri .... assistant director
Sebastien Peronne .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Philippe Boghossian .... props
Renaud Colas .... property master
Leonardo Haertling .... assistant property master
Philippe Lacomblez .... assistant art director
Daniel Mauvignier .... head painter
David Morel De Saint Jean .... assistant art director
Alain Pitrel .... set dresser
Bérenice Rubel .... assistant property master
Patrick Widdrington .... head carpenter
 
Sound Department
Yunus Acar .... sound assistant
Rémy Attal .... sound
Eric Ferret .... sound recordist
Philippe Garnier .... sound assistant
François Groult .... sound
Michel Klochendler .... sound
Jérôme Lévy .... sound effects
Gérard Mailleau .... sound assistant
Jean-Luc Marino .... assistant sound editor
Pascal Mazière .... assistant foley artist
Pascal Metge .... sound assistant
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Martine Planchard .... dialogue editor
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Philippe Hubin .... special effects supervisor
Bruno Vaillant .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunts
Pascal Garnier .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul-Claude Bessière .... key grip
Pascale Ferradini .... second assistant camera
Pierric Gantelmi d'Ille .... second assistant camera
Claude Hirsch .... gaffer
Jeanne Lapoirie .... camera operator
Tariel Meliava .... first assistant camera
Renaud Monziers .... grip (as Renaud Monzies)
Alain Payet .... electrician: Toulouse
Pascal Payet .... electrician: Toulouse
Luis Peralta .... electrician
Jacques Philipponeau .... electrician (as Jacques Philipponneau)
Joël Toupense .... key grip
Isabelle Weingarten .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christiane Fageol .... head wardrobe
Marie-Dominique Gerbet .... wardrobe
Tess Hammami .... set costumer
Tess .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Pierre Réali .... color timer
Catherine Schwartz .... assistant editor
Carole Verner .... trainee assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marylène Dastugue .... production secretary
Christian Inizan .... groupman
Nicole Lenfant .... production administrator
Kim Nguyen .... script supervisor trainee
Nausicaa Palau .... production secretary
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Claudine Taulère .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Ma saison préférée" - France (original title)
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127 min
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Trivia:
Selected as the opening film at the 46th Cannes Film Festival in 1993.See more »
Quotes:
Antoine:Finding the energy to act is easy. Giving meaning to your actions is the hard part.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Club Dorothée" (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The curse of modernity., 28 October 2003
Author: senortuffy from Glen Ellen, CA

This is a film that centers around dysfunctional family life, however, it is not about incest as one viewer suggested.

Catherine Deneuve plays Emilie, an emotionally detached middle-aged woman who feels like she losing her grip. She's a lawyer, as is her husband, Bruno, but there is no love left in their marriage and her two nearly grown up children are estranged from her.

A crisis sets off a chain of events in her life. Her mother, Berthe, is having fainting spells and the doctors feels she shouldn't be alone at her country home, so Emilie invites her to stay with her family. No one is happy with the arrangement. Bruno resents her presence, and both he and his daughter think everyone in Emilie's family is crazy.

Emilie's brother, Antoine, a fussy little brain surgeon played by Daniel Auteuil, is invited by Emilie for Christmas Eve dinner. He doesn't get along with her family and soon an argument breaks out when Berthe tries to get her children to sit still while she discusses her will. Antoine leaves with his mother, to take her back to her home, and Emilie leaves after a bitter argument with Bruno.

The film follows the developing relationship among this circle of people. Everyone is wrapped up with their own lives and extremely possessive. No one really knows how to reach out to another human being.

We learn that Berthe and her husband were simple country folk - she never learned how to read - who only wanted what was best for their children. Berthe tells them their father only wanted them to be "modern." But modernity has its price.

Both the children are too busy with their own lives to take her in when she suffers another fainting spell, so she is placed in a rest home and begins to deteriorate. Antoine doesn't recognize that she's suffered a brain lesion because of a stroke - this is supposed to be his specialty, but he can't see what's right in front of him. Emilie's law practice centers around personal estates, but she has a hard time connecting with her own mother.

After the funeral, the whole family gets together at Emilie's old home and sits outside for a meal. They begin to talk and show more friendliness towards each other than in the past - Bruno even invites Antoine to sleep the night over. The title from the film comes from the last snippet of conversation when everyone confesses what their favorite season of the year is.

This is a fine film that explores adult relationships. It's rather candid and not as histrionic as, say "Ordinary People." The acting is well-done - Catherine Deneuve continues to age extraordinarily well - and the scenery of rural Southwest France is stunningly pastoral.

Because of its drab subject matter, this one might not appeal to everyone, but it's a very good movie and I recommend it.

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