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Déjà Vu (1997)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  22 April 1998 (USA)
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L.A. shop owner Dana and Englishman Sean meet and fall in love at first sight, but Sean is married and Dana is to marry her business partner Alex.

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Sean
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Dana Howard
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Skelly
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Claire
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Alex
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Konstantine
Graydon Gould ...
Dana's Father
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John Stoner
Aviva Marks ...
Woman in Cafe
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Fern Stoner
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Skelly's Mother
Wael Jolani ...
Jerusalem Shopkeeper
Karin Loevy ...
Young Couple in Cafe
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Young Couple in Cafe
Amnon Meskin ...
Tel Aviv Cab Driver
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Dana, a young American woman traveling on business in Jerusalem, meets a mysterious older French woman at a café who shares a fascinating story of lost love revolving around the expensive antique ruby pin she's wearing. The woman exits the café abruptly, leaving the pin behind and Dana, who is on her way to meet her fiancé in London, finds herself forced to reschedule her trip - and her life - as an unexpected but expected stranger crosses her path. Or has he already? Written by Rainbow

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language, brief sexuality and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »
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22 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Déjà vu - matka rakkauteen  »

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$29,018 (USA) (17 April 1998)

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$821,997 (USA) (17 July 1998)
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In the commentary, director Henry Jaglom mentions the horror anthology film 'Dead of Night (1945)' was one of his inspirations. In that film, an architect has deja vu over meeting a group of people, and they in turn share their own supernatural stories. See more »

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Sean: To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception, it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, neither in time or eternity.
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References The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) See more »

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Where Or When
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Performed by Lena Horne
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Largely overlooked, worthy of being given a chance - it's a joy

By rights "Déjà Vu" should have been a huge success with wide audiences. The fact that it was not may have to do with it's fairly unknown leading actors as well as Jaglom's previous works, which in some cases would be understandably off putting. It's really a great pity, since "Déjà vu" is one of the great romantic movies, (certainly of the nineties.)

"Last Summer at the Hamptons" indicated an as yet unseen maturity which had been so lacking in Jaglom's previous works. He was finally emerging from his fixated somewhat obsessive traits which may have garnered him a hard core fan base, but have more likely infuriated many. I would urge you, whether you have any knowledge of Jaglom's works or not, to simply give "Déjà vu" a chance.

The conundrum whether two souls on this earth are meant for each other and the eventuality of them meeting (or not) is naturally intriguing. In lesser hands it could degenerate into mush, but Jaglom manages to keep the unbelievable believable in a really delightful and thought provoking manner. Stephen Dillane fits the lead role perfectly. A reputable stage actor, his movie credits have been less impressive, but in "Déjà vu" he proves he has the charisma vital for a leading man on the big screen. Victoria Foyt in the female lead is not as assuredly ready for leading lady status. (Jaglom has often cast his spouse of the time in his movies.) Foyt teeters between making it work or not, but in the final analysis she pulls it off; but just. The supporting roles are really a joy to behold. Vanessa Redgrave seems to be enjoying her role tremendously. Jaglom, a believer in his actors improvising, probably allowed her much room in developing her character. Rachel Kempson, her real life mother, appears in a cameo role as Redgrave's mother in the movie. They share a brief and terribly poignant scene which surely has much to do with their real life connection. Then there's Noel Harrison (Rex's son) and Anna Massey exuding subtle and captivating British humor. Whether you allow yourself to believe the "Déjà vu" story as it unfolds, or simply absorb it as an adult fairy tale, you will likely reap the benefits of a genuine "feel good" movie.


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