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Paco Cazale
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Nino
Élisabeth Vitali ...
Marinette
Marie Matheron ...
Nathalie
Daphné Gaudefroy ...
Hitch-Hiker
Karine LeLièvre ...
Mr. Letour's Secretary (voice)
Jean-Louis Dupont ...
Policeman
Olivier Herveet ...
Hospital Doctor
Alain Luc Guhur ...
Hospital Attendant
Bernard Mazzinghi ...
Roland (Marinette's Brother)
Alain Denniel ...
Bearded Man in Hospital Ward
Serge Riaboukine ...
Van Driver
Michel Vivier ...
Car Driver
Mélanie Leray ...
Guenaelle
Catherine Riaux ...
Guenaelle's Friend
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Catalonian Paco is a traveling rep for a shoe manufacturer. When he stops to pick up Russian emigree hitchhiker Nino, Paco soon finds himself on the side of the road with everything stolen out from under him. Local gift shop owner Marinette gives the Spaniard a lift. Their mutual attraction manifests itself quickly, and Paco, who was fired over the stolen-car episode, hangs around. When he happens to spot Nino in the same town, he beats up the scrawny Russian, who lands in the hospital. Oddly enough, this marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Paco and Nino soon take the trip down the road together. Written by Anonymous

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Two bachelors. Two weeks on the road. What could go wrong?

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$110,942 (USA) (31 July 1998)

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$200,840 (USA) (5 March 1999)
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Fantastic french road movie on everyday life.
14 October 1998 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

French director Manuel Poirier has made an intelligent and sensitive road-movie about two foreigners spending three weeks together hitch-hiking through northern France. Cutting out the usual french existentialist dialogue, Poirier concentrates on everyday life. There is a striking simplicity and calmness in this movie. Nevertheless it crackles with tragedy, poignancy and wit. Western is by far the best european roadmovie to have been made up to now and I recommend the film unreservedly.

Western was awarded the "Prix de jury" at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.


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