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Exterior Night (1980)

Extérieur, nuit (original title)
Jazz musician Leo and his writer friend Bony get acquainted with a woman taxi driver called Cora.



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Credited cast:
Jean-Pierre Sentier ...
Marie Keime ...
La femme
Lydie Pruvot ...
La fille du club de Jazz
Henri-Jacques Huet ...
Un musicien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Delauneux
Roland Dufau
Jean-Francis Gondre ...
Le premier client (as Jean-François Gondre)
Christian Lete ...
Un musicien
Didier Levallet ...
Un musicien
Sylvie Pinel ...
Le faux témoin
Jean Querlier ...
Un musicien


Jazz musician Leo and his writer friend Bony get acquainted with a woman taxi driver called Cora.

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Release Date:

10 September 1980 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Taxifahrerin  »

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1.66 : 1
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Taxi driver
2 May 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Leo, a Parisian jazz musician, has reached an impasse. Having no money, he decides to shack up with his friend Bony, who is not exactly in a position to give much help to anyone, especially since he has problems making ends meet as a struggling writer. Whether taking pity on Leo, or just being decent about it, he had no idea what awaits him when his friends decides to stay with him.

One night, Leo comes out of a bistro where he had been drinking, and finds an empty cab right outside. He decides to get in, even though he has no money for the fare. To his amazement, the driver is a stunning looking woman who takes him to his destination. Since Leo has told her he is broke, she finds another way in which to get paid, even if it comes as it does, in a sex session that will seal what will become an affair that will change both of them. Cora, unknown to Leo has a secret agenda to get what she really wants.

Jacques Bral, the creator of this moody 1980 French film, gives us an essay about three souls at a difficult point in their lives. It is a film that wants to show a style where the mood is more important than a credible situation. Working with three young stars at a good moment of their careers, Jacques Bral takes us for a night tour of Paris with its dark streets and some out of the way places where the trio dwells. This film trades style for substance.

Gerard Lanvin appears as Leo, the morose musician at a crossroads of his young life. Lovely Christine Boisson makes an impression with her Cora. A young and lean Andre Dussollier plays Bony, the friend that takes Leo into his apartment and his life is changed dramatically. Pierre-William Glenn's photographs Paris at night, enhancing the atmosphere Mr. Bral wanted to create. Karl-Heinz Shafer's jazzy score works well in the film.

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