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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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"One Swallow Brought Spring" is the translated title. 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 »
Soundtrack:
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"One Swallow Brought Spring" is the translated title., 16 February 2005
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

This is a very nice movie that most English-speaking movie goers will never see. Here in the USA it has the title "Girl From Paris", but the French title translates to "one swallow brought spring." Mathilde Seigner, unknown to me before this movie, plays Sandrine Dumez, a single young lady, approaching 30, and living in Paris. One day while running late because of bad traffic, she decides to follow her dream, to get away from the city and become a farmer. This is her story, and also how her life touched that of an old man who thought he had nothing to live for. She was his 'swallow'. Although it is all in French, the subtitles are easy to read and is not a distraction at all. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.

SPOILERS FOLLOW. Sandrine enrolls in a two year school to study farming. She is one of the better students and a hard worker. She finds a farm to buy in a beautiful hilly area somewhere between Paris and Grenoble, probably closer to Grenoble. The old owner had lost his wife some years back, and was just tired of farming, but he didn't look kindly upon "school" farmers, and wasn't very helpful at first. In fact it seemed like he wanted her to fail, even though he had contracted to remain living there for 18 months. But he slowly warmed up to her when he saw how kind she was, and how hard she worked. She converted one building into a hotel and advertised it over the internet as "Balconies in the Sky." She sold her goat cheese over the internet. She worked hard every day. Her business was good.

In a key scene during the cold winter, we see him causing a problem with her hotel's electricity, and we assume he is up to no good. But, what he wanted was for her to be near him, so without heat, he invited her to stay with him in the old guest bedroom. A few days later, he fixed the problem. They shared meals and conversation, and they even danced. Not long before, a sour old man, he now had a little joy in his life.

After a particularly hard winter, Sandrine had to take a break, went back to Paris, even taught two days of an internet class. She considered whether she should go back, and decided to. The movie ends with her leading the goats back to the barn in the spring.

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