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Release Date:
5 September 2001 (France) See more »
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The sleeper hit that has already charmed more than 2 million French moviegoers.
Plot:
Sandrine, a woman in her thirties gets tired of life in Paris and decides to leave her work in computers and become a farmer... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Is happiness really to be found in the meadows? See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Michel Serrault ... Adrien

Mathilde Seigner ... Sandrine Dumez
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Jean

Frédéric Pierrot ... Gérard
Marc Berman ... Stéphane
Françoise Bette ... La mère de Sandrine
Christophe Rossignon ... L'exploitant
Roland Chalosse ... Le barman
Achiles Francisco Varas dell'Aquila ... Barfly
Henri Pasquale ... Card player
Paul Courat ... Card player
Bernard Gerland ... Card player
Ramon Bertrand ... Card player
Grazziela Horens ... Dark-haired girl
Vincent Borei ... Dark-haired boy
Nathalie Villard ... Fair-haired girl
Joel Paparella ... Fair-haired boy
Stephanie Ittel ... School teacher
Noël Martin ... Priest
Christian Carion ... Man with portable
Mickey Dedaj ... Man with walkman
Yves Rochas ... Pig breeder
Eric Rochas ... Pig breeder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joëlle Ruzin

Directed by
Christian Carion 
 
Writing credits
Christian Carion  and
Eric Assous 

Produced by
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Rombi 
 
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé 
 
Film Editing by
Andrea Sedlácková 
 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
 
Production Design by
Jean-Michel Simonet 
 
Set Decoration by
Eric Molitor 
Florence Rivière 
 
Costume Design by
Françoise Dubois 
Virginie Montel 
 
Makeup Department
Sylvie Aid .... makeup artist
Delphine Jaffart .... makeup artist
Michel Vautier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Julien Azoulay .... assistant production manager
Julien Greco .... unit production manager trainee
Jean-Marc Gullino .... unit manager
Olivier Jacob .... unit manager
Ève Machuel .... production manager
Cecile Remy-Boutang .... post-production supervisor (as Cécile Rémy-Boutang)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Cambois .... first assistant director
Olivier Desagnat .... assistant director
Sébastien Gardet .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Anthony Baron .... head painter
Nicolas Chick .... property master (as Nicolas Chik)
Christophe Colomer .... first assistant decorator
Bernhard Crozas .... construction crew
Jacques Freydier .... construction coordinator
Denis Janon .... painter
Thierry Litou .... assistant decorator
Pascal Mollet .... construction crew
Valérie Moy .... painter
Florence Rivière .... set dresser
Yann Roslagadec .... construction crew
Jocelyn Sémavoine .... construction crew
Philippe Tarricone .... construction crew
Anne Tô .... painter
Michael Zanella .... construction crew
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Etienne Curchod .... sound editor
Assia Dnednia .... assistant foley editor (as Assia Zipper)
Thomas Gauder .... sound mixer
Pascal Jasmes .... boom operator
Florent Lavallée .... additional sound mixer
Valène Leroy .... dialogue editor
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Antoine Rigaud .... assistant sound editor
Michel Schillings .... sound recordist
Jean-Noël Yven .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Alexandre Martin Dupont .... special effects
Christophe Huchot .... special effects supervisor
Gilles Piéri .... special effects
Christian Renaud .... special effects
Philippe Teissier .... special effects
Jean-Francois Theault .... special effects technician
Guy Vanderplaetsen .... special effects supervisor
Michel Vialla .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Kevin Berger .... digital compositor
Agnès Sébenne .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Bourlier .... additional grip
Thierry Debove .... gaffer
Dominique Degand .... grip
Pascal Doyen .... electrician
Clement Gharini .... camera operator: flying camera
Olivier Goelen .... key grip
Marc Kahlouche .... additional electrician
Elin Kirschfink .... first assistant camera
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
Laurent Pauty .... second assistant camera
Marie Sorribas .... first assistant camera
Hervé Traini .... additional electrician
Laurence Trémolet .... still photographer
Emmanuel Van Wambeke .... key grip
Oliver Verdoot .... assistant camera: aerial camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Agathe Laemmel .... costumer
Virginie Montel .... costumer
Isabelle Pannetier .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Maya Cypel .... assistant editor
Isabelle Manquillet .... assistant editor trainee
Juliette Urbain .... additional editor
David Vincent .... color timer
 
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
Stéphane Reichart .... music mixer
Rodolphe Sampieri .... assistant music mixer
 
Other crew
Dominique Baron .... production administrator
Patrick Bruneton .... travelling car
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Claudia Neubern .... script supervisor
Cecile Remy-Boutang .... assistant to producer (as Cécile Rémy-Boutang)
Isabelle Sauvanon .... press attache: FR2
Pascal Villanueva .... groupman
 
Thanks
François Aubé .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Une hirondelle a fait le printemps" - France (original title)
"One Swallow Brought Spring" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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103 min
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Trivia:
The French title, translated as "A Swallow Made a Spring", is a variation of an old saying that "one swallow does not make a spring".See more »
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Is happiness really to be found in the meadows?, 24 September 2001
Author: Davido-2 from Grenoble, France

Sandrine, a parisien girl, fed up with her unfulfilling existence as a computer trainer and the everyday problems of city life decides to leave the Paris to become a peasant farmer.

Sandrine buys a farm high on the Vercors plateau in South-East France from Adrien, an old peasant suspicious of Sandrine's college ideas. It's spring and Sandrine makes a good start, developing other aspects of the farm, a rural Gite welcomes travellers and school parties and a Web sites advertises goat's cheese.

Although the locals are suspicious they are perhaps more accepting of a young, dynamic outsider free of the petty local rivalries that set family against family in these close knit rural communities. This is no Jean de Florette and is illustrated when Adrien defends the changes Sandrine has made to his mates in the village bar.

However the rural idyll is not all that it might seem to city folk. The audience is confronted with graphic scenes of a pig having its throat cut to make Boudin (black pudding) and later of mad cows being killed with a bolt gun. Winter comes and the sense of despair and isolation felt by many small farmers is complete when we see Sandrine in long shot, alone in the barn after one of her goats has stillborn kids.

The film explores the conflicts between conformable but ultimately pointless city life - going nowhere in the Paris traffic and the savage beauty of life on the isolated Vercors plateau. Even the peasants shop at the local hypermarket in Grenoble.

Adrien's initial scepticism gives way to a hope that Sandrine will carry on his farm but he has difficulty with the rapprochement, perhaps caused by events in his own life. The Nazis burned his farm in '44 looking for maquisards and later Government men arrive to kill and burn his cattle infected with mad cow disease. Are the government men worse than the Germans? For Adrien maybe, as these events lead to the death of his wife.

Like the Vercors, Sandrine seems both beautiful but uncompromising but we see constant flashes of the temperament that, like the weather vane in front of her house, cause her to make sudden changes affecting those around her. She is really quite vulnerable needing the occasional love of her city boyfriend and the friendship of Adrien. Maybe it is this qualities that will lead to her eventual success?

A final comment, like many movies these days there is quite a bit of product placement - Volvo cars, Lowe mountain gear, Carrefour but the countryside is wonderfully shot.

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