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Marius and Jeannette (1997)
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Marius is the keeper of an abandonned cement works staying high above the quarter of l'Estaque in Marseilles. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone with her poor checkout operator... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Ascaride ...
Jeannette
Gérard Meylan ...
Marius
Pascale Roberts ...
Caroline
Jacques Boudet ...
Justin
Frédérique Bonnal ...
Monique
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Dédé
Laetitia Pesenti ...
Magali, Jeannette's Daughter
Miloud Nacer ...
Malek, Jeannette's son
Pierre Banderet ...
Monsieur Ebrard
Monique Meylan ...
Avec l'amitié de
Michèle Camizuli Bonneveau ...
Avec l'amitié de (as Michèle Camizuli)
Marc Bordure ...
Avec l'amitié de
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Avec l'amitié de
Jacques Menichetti ...
Avec l'amitié de
Marie Darroussin ...
Les enfants
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Storyline

Marius is the keeper of an abandonned cement works staying high above the quarter of l'Estaque in Marseilles. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone with her poor checkout operator salary. Their meeting won't be without trouble, since besides material difficulties, both of them are wounded by life. They have to learn how to be happy again. Written by Gregoire Dubost <Gregoire.Dubost@polytechnique.fr>

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5 December 1997 (USA)  »

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Marius and Jeannette  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 97,128 (Germany) (30 January 1998)

Gross:

$284,607 (USA) (19 February 1999)
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Goofs

When Jeanette is at Marius's place, they remove the foil wrap from a bottle of Pastis on the outside table. Then they get inside and we see the bottle fully wrapped on the table by the window. See more »

Quotes

Jeannette: Old people should be shot at birth.
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Connections

Followed by Where the Heart Is (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Il pleut sur Marseille
Lyrics by Jean-Louis Milesi (as Milesi)
Music by Jacques Menichetti (as Menichetti)
(AGAT Blues)
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Slow love affair in the Marseilles tenements
4 January 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Marius and Jeanette, a couple of life's walking wounded from the low rent side of the tracks, get it together with the help of their Marseilles neigbourhood. They meet when Jeanette tries to steal paint for her grotty flat from the demolition site guarded by Marius. Watching the film was for the most part like watching paint dry, but it was a pretty finish. The snail's pace seems to be a feature of French romantic comedy, even a working class one like this. Perhaps it's so all the minor characters can tell us their oddball philosphies so we can marvel at how un-hung up about life (and therefore how truly French) they all are. The film plugs a vague feelgood socialism and makes the point that while you don't have to be an idiot to vote National Front (le Pen's neo Nazi party) it helps (the dumbest of the neighbours is a supporter).

Worth seeing? Yes, if you don't mind the slow pace. The people are ordinary but interesting and the location authentic. Slice of life stuff, but certainly cheaper than a trip to Marseilles.


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