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Director:
Writers:
Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue)
Jacques Parsi (scenario consultant: literature)
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Release Date:
8 June 2001 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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20 films you must watch at Mumbai Film Festival 2012
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A beautiful subject, beautifully delivered, but not for a feature film See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michel Piccoli ... Gilbert Valence

Catherine Deneuve ... Marguerite

John Malkovich ... John Crawford, Film Director
Antoine Chappey ... George
Leonor Baldaque ... Sylvia
Leonor Silveira ... Marie
Ricardo Trêpa ... Guard
Jean-Michel Arnold ... Doctor
Adrien de Van ... Ferdinand

Sylvie Testud ... Ariel
Isabel Ruth ... Milkmaid
Andrew Wale ... Stephen
Robert Dauney ... Haines
Jean Koeltgen ... Serge
Mauricette Gourdon ... Guilhermine, the Housekeeper
Vania ... Organ Grinder
Jacques Parsi ... Friend of the Agent
Armel Monod ... Second Friend of the Agent
Jean Chicot ... Waiter
Christian Ameri ... Bistro Patron
Bruno Guillot ... Street Thug
Bernard Sanchez ... Bistro Patron Carrying Le Figaro
Jean-Luc Horvais ... Bistro Patron Carrying Le Monde
Nathalie Guéraud ... Agent's Secretary
Madame Duteil ... School Director
Catherine Trembloy ... Saleswoman at Art Store
Vina Hiridjee ... Autograph Seeker #1
Caroline Lavallée ... Autograph Seeker #2
Emmanuelle Fèvre ... Make-Up Woman
Philippe Mangin ... Hairdresser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Burns ... Equipe tournage Américaine
Marlon Courbin
Eddie Crew ... Equipe tournage américaine
Stephen Croce ... Equipe tournage américaine
Max Seide ... Equipe tournage américaine

Directed by
Manoel de Oliveira 
 
Writing credits
Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue)

Jacques Parsi (scenario consultant: literature)

Eugène Ionesco (play "Le roi se meurt")

William Shakespeare (play "The Tempest")

James Joyce (book "Ulysses")

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Sabine Lancelin 
 
Film Editing by
Valérie Loiseleux 
 
Casting by
Marion Touitou 
 
Production Design by
Yves Fournier 
 
Costume Design by
Isabel Branco 
 
Makeup Department
Marie Combas .... key makeup artist
Emmanuelle Fèvre .... key makeup artist
Philippe Mangin .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mohand Hadjlarbi .... unit manager
Alexandre Meliava .... unit production manager
Philippe Rey .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olivier Bouffard .... assistant director
José Maria Vaz da Silva .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bernard Bridon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jean-François Auger .... sound mixer
John Fewell .... sound effects editor
Henri Maïkoff .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Magis .... gaffer
 
Music Department
Slovenská Filharmónia .... orchestra
 
Other crew
Júlia Buisel .... script supervisor
Marielle Duigou .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Marcel Bozonnet .... thanks
Daniel Jean .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Je rentre à la maison" - France (original title)
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90 min
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001 (#05)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: From the 2nd to the 3rd Café scene, the headlines on both Le Figaro and Liberátion do not change, and it is supposed to be another day.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful subject, beautifully delivered, but not for a feature film, 26 January 2002
Author: Philippe Ranger (philipperanger@compuserve.com) from Montreal, Canada

This is a superbly played, superbly framed film about a very interesting idea. It is simply three times too long. The film follows an aging actor, Gilbert Valence (Michel Piccoli), from the moment he learns his wife, their only child and her husband died in a car accident, to the moment he suddenly turns old.

Valence, who is either shown or heard in every scene, has very few words to say except when playing, first in Ionesco's Le Roi se meurt, then in the Tempest (both in French) and last while shooting a film in English, Joyce's Ulysses. That last role ends with the title words, I'm going back home, when Valence simply walks out rather than deal with his failure to master Joyce's words while keeping the wanted character and pacing.

The remaining minutes show him walking in a Paris suburb, from the studio to his home, while mumbling his role in English. This gives us the time to realize that all the while, since his wife's death, he's been sticking close to home, going through the well-known daily habits of his life, and equally well-known roles. Only the short appearance in Ulysses would have taken him into new territory. Turning old is choosing not to go outside the life one knows. In Valence's case, it's rather not going outside of what is left of his life, once the most important people in it have been killed.

The only other major speaking role belongs to Valence's agent, Georges (Antoine Chappey). Unfortunately, it is marred by an absence of those concrete details that convince the viewer that this is not sketch for a character, but a living human being. One scene, for instance, has Valence refuse a TV role which Georges is pushing because of the money involved, but Georges only gets to call it "lots", without giving even an approximation.

That deficiency in realistic detail mars other aspects of the film too. However, John Malkovich, playing the American film director, breaks through, he is quite convincing. My suspicion is that he wrote his own lines.

Even if the deficiency were fixed, though, Oliveira would still only have material for thirty minutes. His own failure is in not facing up to that. But Piccoli's playing is sublime, and the wordless showing of Valence's implicit choices through well-framed moments, is also a lesson in filming.

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