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Portraits chinois (1996)

Ada and Lise are both costume designers, the first is around 20, the other around 30. Both are working hard on their break through. There are also jobs for the movies. This is where Lise ... See full summary »

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Ada
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Marie Trintignant ...
Nina
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Paul
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Emma
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Yves
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Guido
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Alphonse (as Miki Manojlovic)
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René Sandre
Sophie Simon ...
Agnès
Emmanuelle Escourrou ...
Stéphanie
Katerina Mechera ...
Emilia (as Katia Mechera)
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Fanny
Artus de Penguern ...
Gérard
Pierre Baillot ...
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Ada and Lise are both costume designers, the first is around 20, the other around 30. Both are working hard on their break through. There are also jobs for the movies. This is where Lise meets producer Alphonse, who is nearly 20 years older than she. Because he is unhappy with his girlfriend a secret relationship evolves. Ada has problems as well, but she's not the only one. There are also the young Emma and Nina, as well as Yves and Guido - enough people to get into complicated relationship entanglements. Written by Marco Radke <ds@serve.com>

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25 June 1997 (France)  »

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$3,972 (USA) (5 November 1999)

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$16,367 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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Paul and Ada and Lise and Paris
18 March 2000 | by (dudley, england) – See all my reviews

Episodic film dealing with the lives and loves of a group of young professional Parisians. Helena Bonham-Carter in her first French film is good and speaks the language like a native. Romane Bohringer is very sexy as usual, and Elsa Zylberstein and Marie Trintignant are very amusing. The male characters are less interesting and rather two-dimensional, with the exception of screenwriter Paul (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey). The film concentrates mainly on the on-off relationship between Ada and Paul and the effect that the young Lise has on both their personal relationship and Ada's professional career. The film is an improvement on Dugowson's previous "Mina Tannenbaum", but the large number of characters makes it difficult to get emotionally involved with, and care what happens to, any of them.


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