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Where the Heart Is (1998)

À la place du coeur (original title)
Clementine, detta Clim, e Bébé, immigrato di colore adottato da una famiglia francese, sono cresciuti insieme, fin da bambini, in un quartiere proletario di Marsiglia. Oggi Bébé ha diciotto... See full summary »

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Ariane Ascaride ...
Marianne Patché
Christine Brücher ...
Francine Lopez
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Joël Patché
Gérard Meylan ...
Franck Lopez
Alexandre Ogou ...
Francois 'Bebe' Lopez
Laure Raoust ...
Clémentine 'Clem' Patché
Véronique Balme ...
Sophie Patché
Pierre Banderet ...
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Patrick Bonnel ...
Jaime
Djamal Bouanane ...
Khalil
Jacques Boudet ...
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Guillaume Cantillon ...
Daniel Corti
Jean-Jérôme Esposito ...
Le Gringalet
Marius Grygielewicz ...
Piet Radic
Aurore Mensah ...
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Clementine, detta Clim, e Bébé, immigrato di colore adottato da una famiglia francese, sono cresciuti insieme, fin da bambini, in un quartiere proletario di Marsiglia. Oggi Bébé ha diciotto anni e Clim sedici e sono innamorati. Entrambi sono figli di operai e, per giunta, lei è incinta. Situazione che viene accolta con sorpresa, ma anche con gioia dalle rispettive famiglie. Un brutto giorno, Bébé viene ingiustamente accusato di stupro da un poliziotto razzista che lo vuole incastrare e viene arrestato. A questo punto scatta la solidarietà delle famiglie dei due ragazzi che si prodigano per dimostrare la infondatezza dell'accusa (la madre di lei si reca a Sarajevo per parlare con la donna stuprata, che, in realtà, non è certa dell'identità del maniaco). Alla fine il ragazzo è scagionato dall'infamante accusa e potrà accogliere insieme a Clim ed ai congiunti il figlio che sta per arrivare. Written by rosebud6

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9 December 1998 (France)  »

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A fine piece of storytelling and emotional sculpturing
25 August 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

One of the most purely pleasing movies of the 1998 Toronto film festival - has the good heart of Marius and Jeanette without the excess idealism. Guediguian seems to have a truly benevolent view of people here, but it's clear-eyed; he doesn't beat the drum of social inequality but it's implicit in his choices - the one clear villain in this movie (with no redeeming counterargument) is the police chief who victimizes Baby. The movie moves easily between flashback and present day, unsentimental about the real but not blind love of the two; effectively portraying a wealth of secondary characters. When Ascaride takes off to Sarajevo to find the woman that accused Baby of rape, it's still as compelling, although almost like a fantasy breaking into the tight-knit primary world of the movie - one tends to read this sequence as something of an experiment lying aside Guediguian's central concerns. Having gone that far, one might (sentimentally) wish for a more well-rounded happy ending, but by then Guediguian's probably experimented as much as he'd want to - and that's fine; the calibration is fine as it stands. With countless affecting moments; this really is a fine piece of storytelling and emotional sculpturing.


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