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The Eighth Day (1996)

Le huitième jour (original title)
An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harry
Pascal Duquenne ...
Georges
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Julie
Henri Garcin ...
Le directeur de la banque
Isabelle Sadoyan ...
la mère de Georges
Michele Maes ...
Nathalie (as Michèle Maes)
Fabienne Loriaux ...
la soeur de Georges - Fabienne
Alice van Dormael ...
Alice
Juliette Van Dormael ...
Juliette
Marie-Pierre Meinzel ...
La vendeuse du magasin du chaussures
Sabrina Leurquin ...
La serveuse du snack
Laszlo Harmati ...
Luis Mariano
Alain Bougnet
Magali Cote
Jean Désert
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Storyline

Georges has Down's syndrome, living at a mental-institution. Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two children with her. This weekend his children came by train to meet him, but Harry, working as always, forgot to pick them up. Neither his wife nor his children want to see him again and he is driving around on the country roads, anguished and angry. He almost runs over Georges, on the run from the institution since everybody else went home with their parents except him, whose mother is dead. Harry tries to get rid of Georges but he won't leave his new friend. Eventually a special friendship forms between the two of them, a friendship which makes Harry a different person. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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7 March 1997 (USA)  »

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FRF 25,000,000 (estimated)

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$328,452 (USA)
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Both Pascal Duquenne and Daniel Auteuil tied for the Best Actor Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for their roles in this film. This was the first time such an event had happened. See more »

Quotes

[lying on the grass in the sun]
Harry: We should get going.
Georges: Just one more minute.
Harry: Okay.
[they lie down for a minute more]
Harry: [looks at his watch] Okay, it's over.
Georges: A nice minute, for us.
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Connections

References Rain Man (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus He Knows Me
Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford (as Michael Rutherford)
Performed by Genesis
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Georges- a special part of creation
7 April 2000 | by (Chicagoland) – See all my reviews

This film is about 2 worlds colliding- the one of a yuppie motivational speaker on the fast track, the man Harry, and the other of another man, Georges, who has Downs Syndrome.

The cinematography alone is so fresh and exciting- as a visual feast alone the film is worth watching. But the story! Takes you by surprise- its richness and depth.

I just viewed it last night and the scene of the ballet class inside the "mental institution" was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen via a television or movie screen.

I also haven't laughed so hard in a long time. The laughter of Harry is infectious. Enough to break through Georges hard shell...


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