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Sergio Castellitto dubbed himself in the french version, while Jeanne Balibar dubbed herself in the italian's. See more »
A child and a bicycle in the background disappears between shots in the park. See more »
Why are you staring at me?
I think you're handsome. I'm just joking. Well, no. You have shadows under your eyes. Tired?
This play is harder and harder.
Mother and I plan to go tomorrow. It's not full?
Far from it, unfortunately. I'm delighted you're coming.
Mother will ask me to translate and explain everything. There will be "shhs" all around us.
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Written by Gino Paoli / Alec Wilder
Sung by Peggy Lee
Performed by Lou Levy (piano)
John Pisano (guitar)
Charles Berghofer (bass)
Stan Levey (drum)
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I felt I should like this film more than I did. It is set in current day Paris where a theatre troupe is putting on a Italian production. The story revolves around a French actress in the troupe who is married to the director of the theatre group who is returning to Paris for the first time in years and still has unresolved feelings for an ex who resides in the city. The acting is solid if not very good, and the plot does hold interest and hangs together well. Having said this I could not help but feel the whole thing was somewhat slight and the payoff in time (it is or seemed like a very long movie) was somewhat unjustified. In some ways the characters seemed almost distant to me, they were real but I couldnt get inside their head, which in some ways is a silly criticism because life is like that and that is not necessarily a detraction for the film but I felt as though they were drifting through a series of set pieces with not all that much at stake. Having said this it is definitely worth a look and certainly should be sought if you enjoy cinema that goes beyond the pedestrian plot lines and pyrotechnics of all too many mainstream features today.
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