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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Original, refreshing, challenging, puts Rain Man in the shade See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Daniel Auteuil ... Harry
Pascal Duquenne ... Georges

Miou-Miou ... 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
Michele Gousset (as Michèle Gousset)
Philippe Minck (as Philippe Hinck)
Dominique Lecat
Fernand Leclercq
Guy De Longree
Nicolas Meeus
Isabelle De Nuyer (as Isabelle de Nayer)
Yvan Pelgrins (as Ivan Pelgrims)
Vincent Rapaillerie
Jacques Stacs (as Jacques Staes)
Axel Steiniger
Vanvlierberghe Christian (as Christian Van Vlierberghe)
Claude Vienne
Kim Chi N'Guyen ... Le bébé mongol
Stéphane Keyser ... L'homme 'dentofresh'
Roland De Pauw ... le cuisinier TV (as Roland Depauw)
Séréna Ruspoli ... La mariée
Jo De Backer ... Le marié
Nathalie Ponlot ... La señorita
Dieudonné Kabongo ... L'éboueur
Lofti Yahia Jedidi ... L'éboueur
Patrick Harcq ... L'éboueur
André Simon ... Le clochard
Monique Florin ... la mère de Nathalie (as Monique Fluzin)
Jean Bollery ... le père de Nathalie
Jean-Henri Compère ... L'éducateur

Dominic Gould ... le collègue de Harry

Josse De Pauw ... Le policier du commissariat
Alexandre von Sivers ... Le médecin
Jean Luc Preaux ... Le piéton (as Jean-Luc Piraux)
Christian Hecq ... Le gérant du magasin de chaussures
Saleem Ebrahim ... L'hindou (as Ebrahim Salem)
Rémy Julienne ... Le camionneur
Didier De Neck ... le beau-frère de Georges
Pierre Godeau ... le neveu de Georges
Marc Godeau
Eric De Staercke ... Le serveur du snack (as Erik de Staercke)
Pauline Zerla ... La fillette au restaurant

Olivier Gourmet ... Le père au restaurant
Hélène Roussel ... la mère de Julie
Laurette Vankeerbergen ... La nettoyeuse (as Laurette Vankeerberghen)
Tam Vo ... Le pianiste japonais
Didier Ferney ... Le 1er vendeur du show-room
Marc Schreiber ... Le 2ème vendeur du show-room
Yves Degen ... Le gérant du show-room

Georges Siatidis ... Le policier du show-room
Raymond Lescot ... Une grosse légume
Sophie De Kerkhove ... La fille du dancing
Bernard Eylenbosch ... Le garçon du dancing
Yasmine Van Hevel ... La fille du slow
Gerard Hernandez ... (voice) (as Gérard Hernandez)
Patricia Houyoux ... (voice)
Jacqueline Ghaye ... (voice)
Michael Kuhn ... Big cheese
José Covo ... French cheese
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Freddy Bournane ... Un éboueur (uncredited)

Christopher Granier-Deferre ... English Teacher (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jaco Van Dormael 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaco Van Dormael 

Produced by
Philippe Godeau .... producer
Dominique Josset .... executive producer
Eric Rommeluere .... executive producer (as Eric Rommeluère)
 
Original Music by
Pierre van Dormael 
 
Cinematography by
Walther van den Ende  (as Walther Vanden Ende)
 
Film Editing by
Susana Rossberg 
 
Production Design by
Hubert Pouille 
 
Set Decoration by
André Fonsny 
 
Costume Design by
Tess Hammami 
Anne van Nyen  (as Anne Van Nyen)
Yan Tax (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Caroline Case .... assistant makeup artist
Cédric Gérard .... makeup artist
Kaatje Van Damme .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Baudoin Capet .... unit production manager
Bernard De Dessus les Moustier .... unit production manager
Michèle Tronçon .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renaud Alcalde .... first assistant director
Marcus Himbert .... third assistant director
Manu Kamanda .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Gert Beyns .... props
Stephan Busschots .... carpenter (as Stéphan Busschots)
Guy Cantraine .... property master
Erick Caussin .... carpenter
Céline De Streel .... set designer
Diane Delafontaine .... painter
André Fonsny .... set dresser
Anouk Francis .... set designer
Claire Pierlot .... painter
Yvette Proszwimmer .... head painter
Stefan Ruben .... construction manager (as Stéphane Rubbens)
Bruno Ruwet .... carpenter
Didier Smidts .... carpenter
Gilbert Stoffyn .... assistant art director
Laurent Stoffyn .... carpenter
Bart van Lint .... carpenter
Eric Verheyden .... location manager
Ludo Volders .... assistant art director
Charlie Cantraine .... assistant set dresser (uncredited)
Patrick Dechesne .... art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Baudhuin .... sound engineer
Philippe Bourgueil .... sound editor
Sandrine Deegen .... assistant sound editor
Djoum .... music mixer
François Groult .... sound
Dimitri Haulet .... sound trainee
Michèle Hubinon .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel Léon .... musical sound engineer
Jo Masset .... post-synchronisation
Ndiaga N'Dour .... musical sound engineer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist (as Joern Poetzl)
Olivier Struye .... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière .... sound
Dominique Warnier .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... pyrotechnician
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects supervisor
Marc Jouveneau .... special effects
Jean-François Pierlot .... pyrotechnician
Pierre Wuidart .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
David Aïm .... motion control assistant
Pierre Biecher .... digital artist
Pascal Charpentier .... visual effects supervisor
Olivier Cotte .... digital effects artist
Christian Foucher .... digital effects artist
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
Fred Place .... digital compositor
Paul Swendsen .... visual effects matte painter
 
Stunts
Dominique Julienne .... stunts
Rémy Julienne .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Francois Baudelet .... Flying Cam cameraman (as Jean-François Baudelet)
Jacques Borguet .... steadicam operator
Yves Cape .... first assistant operator
Dany Cleyet-Marrel .... hot air balloon operator
Jean-Michel David .... steadicam operator
Marc Detiffe .... still photographer
Jérôme Di Cola .... video operator (as Jerôme Dicola)
Olivier Dirksen .... additional electrician
Luc Drion .... camera operator
Jean-François Garreau .... grip
Chris Hacken .... gaffer
Elin Kirschfink .... electrician trainee
Dries Leerschool .... grip
Guy Maezelle .... video operator
Tom Oversteijns .... grip (as Tom Oversteyns)
Alain Peeters .... rigging grip
Vincent Piette .... electrician
Wim Robberechts .... operator: helicopter (as Wim Robbrechts)
Jean Claude Rémy .... Flying Cam pilot (as Jean-Claude Rémy)
Pierre Stenuit .... electrician: second unit (as Pierre Steenuit)
Benoît Theunissen .... grip (as Benoit Theunissen)
Ella Van den Hove .... first assistant operator
Dirk Van Rampelbergh .... electrician (as Dirk Van Rampelberg)
Yves Vandermeeren .... second camera operator
Didier Versolatto .... additional electrician
Bruno Verstraete .... electrician: second unit (as Bruno Verstraeten)
Zoë Vinck .... electrician trainee
Philippe Cointepas .... focus puller (uncredited)
Johanne Debas .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Dominique Delguste .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Dermience .... electrician (uncredited)
Didier Schokkaert .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Marie Spencer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Gerda Diddens .... casting
Patrick Hella .... casting
Chantal Marchal .... casting
Brigitte Moidon .... casting
Justine Pellerin .... casting
Geneviève Robillard .... casting
Laurette Vankeerberghen .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Hammami .... costumer
Natasha Francotte .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sandrine Deegen .... assistant editor
Patrick Delamotte .... color grader
Frédérique Delmeiren .... assistant editor
Anne Frey .... assistant editor
Julie Ghesquiere .... assistant editor (as Julie Ghesquière)
Maria Holland .... negative cutter
Dominique Loreau .... videotape editor
Aurore Moutier .... assistant editor
Roger Vervoenen .... color grader
 
Location Management
Karim Bey .... location manager trainee
Laurence Bregentzer .... location scout
Bernard De Dessus les Moustier .... location manager
Albine De Wasseige .... location manager trainee
Isabelle Hespel .... location scout
Arne Labeeuw .... location manager trainee
Marianne Lambert .... assistant location manager
Valère Le Dourner .... assistant location manager
Dimitri Linder .... location scout
Barbara Motte .... location scout
Marie-Françoise Plissart .... location scout
Mireille van Keerberghen .... assistant location manager (as Mireille Vankeerberghen)
Françoise Vercheval .... location scout
 
Transportation Department
Laurent Duhaut .... driver
Pierre-Yves Le Cunff .... driver
Augustin Viatte .... driver
 
Other crew
Rita Boey .... english coach
Daniel Bouloux .... assistant to Daniel Auteuil
Danilo Catti .... pre-production assistant
Didier De Neck .... script doctor
Marie Dumora .... documentation
Sophie Dupont .... speech therapist
Virginie Ferrant .... production secretary
Béatrice Hureau .... production secretary
Joëlle Keyser .... script supervisor
Daniel Lipnik .... coach: 'Luis Mariano'
Béatrice Margenat .... dance coach
Anne Serrié .... production administrator
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production adminstrator
Laurette Vankeerberghen .... dialogue coach: Georges
Laurette Vankeerberghen .... script doctor
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production accountant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le huitième jour" - Belgium (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Trivia:
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:
Harry:[fed up with Georges] Get out! Go find some other sucker to help you out!
[leaves Georges in the rain. He eventually comes back]
Harry:Put this on, you'll get soaked and chill.
[puts his coat on Georges]
Georges:[overjoyed] You like me!
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Movie Connections:
References Rain Man (1988)See more »
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Original, refreshing, challenging, puts Rain Man in the shade, 19 June 2000
Author: dan-476 from Belfast, Northern Ireland

This is the French and Belgians doing what they do best. It's quirky, visually inventive, exhilarating and emotionally challenging storytelling. Director Jaco van Dormael takes us into the world of Georges, a Down's Syndrome sufferer and his quest for a meaningful relationship with someone, just anyone. This is not done in a patronising way but with a great sense of fun and also honesty. Georges' interplay with corporate management guru, Harry is dazzlingly handled - shifting from comedy to tragedy back to comedy again with breathtaking ease.

The Eighth Day puts similar Hollywood fare like Barry Levinson's Oscar winning Rain Man or Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump well and truly in the shade. At times, it evokes the humour of Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with shades of Dennis Potter thrown in for good measure.

As the emotionally blunted and desperately lonely yuppie, Harry, Daniel Auteuil turns in yet another sublime performance. But it is matched by the brilliant Pascal Duquenne as Georges. It's a movie with uniformly strong performances and so many, memorable set pieces - the shoe shop scene, car showroom scene, George's dance to Genesis's 'Jesus He Knows Me,' the conference scene, the fireworks scene. If you haven't seen it, there's only one thing to do. Just rent it or attend a screening at a retro cinema near you and see what you've been missing. Better still, buy this movie. Sheer genius.....

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