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20 November 2002 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Catherine Deneuve ... Fanette

William Hurt ... Matt
Bernard Le Coq ... Bernard
Hélène Fillières ... Lucie

Gilbert Melki ... Alain

Nathalie Richard ... Brigitte

Emmanuelle Devos ... Jeune femme cinéma

Paulina Porizkova ... Mary Rafelson
Noémie Godin-Vigneau ... Carole
François Arnal ... Himself

Patrice Chéreau ... Pierre
Daniel Pommereulle ... L'éditeur
Christian Cloarec ... Videur cinéma
Ondine Desfosses ... La petite fille
Thomas Beckett
Merwin Goldsmith
Alan Fawcett

Joris Jarsky

Tony Calabretta ... Barman
Sam Stone
Cecile Cristobal
Bill Corday
Vie Nystrom
Jacques Bassal
Amanda Strawn ... Receptionist
Bill Rowat
Holly O'Brien
Kevin Ryder ... Man in Bar

Randy Thomas ... Mr. 5th Avenue

Michael Daniel Murphy (as Daniel Murphy)
Linda Benoy
Pierre Gage ... Chanteurs restraurant

Richard Jutras ... Chanteurs restraurant
Stephanie McNamara
Nancy Helms ... Chanteurs restraurant

Katie Emme McIninch ... Chanteurs restraurant (as Katie McIninch)
Paul Cavin
John Way ... Lui
Clive McLean
Robert Reid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathalie Belanger ... Restaurant patron (uncredited)
Sebastien Fontaine ... Le client de la libraire (uncredited)

Cary Grant ... Nickie Ferrante from film 'An Affair to Remember' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Deborah Kerr ... Terry McKay from film 'An Affair to Remember' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Conrad Pla ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Dimitri Storoge ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Tonie Marshall 
Writing credits
Tonie Marshall (scenario and dialogue) and
Anne-Louise Trividic (scenario and dialogue)

Tonie Marshall (idea)

Produced by
Olivier Bomsel .... producer
Émilie Frigola-Salelles .... assistant producer
Callum Greene .... line producer: New York
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... co-producer: Spain
Daniel Louis .... co-producer: Canada
Alain Peyrollaz .... executive producer
Denise Robert .... co-producer: Canada
Gilles Sandoz .... producer
Fabienne Vonier .... producer
Original Music by
François Dompierre 
David Hadjadj 
Jérôme Rebotier  (as Jérôme Robotier)
Cinematography by
Agnès Godard 
Film Editing by
Jacques Comets 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
Jeanne Millet 
Set Decoration by
Anne-Charlotte Vimont 
Costume Design by
Friquette Thévenet 
Makeup Department
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Cédric Gérard .... key makeup artist
Cécile Rigault .... key makeup artist
Hervé Soulié .... makeup artist
Nathalie Trépanier .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Danielle Champoux .... production manager: Canada
Anthony Katagas .... production manager: New York
Jaime Tobon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aude Cathelin .... first assistant director
Mariela Comitini .... second second assistant director: New York
Buck Deachman .... first assistant director: Montreal
Vince P. Maggio .... first assistant director
Fabien Pondevaux .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gonzalo Cordoba .... property master: New York
Fabien Corée .... set dresser
Marc Flouquet .... first assistant decorator
Pierre-François Limbosch .... artistic director
Erik Leif Nelson .... art department production assistant
Jose Pavon .... assistant property master: New York
Thierry Poulet .... head painter
Ginette Robitaille .... production designer: Canada
Richard Shean .... set designer
Lucie Tremblay .... set designer
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Hugo Callegari .... boom operator: Canada
Assia Dnednia .... assistant foley artist (as Assia Zipper)
Jean-Baptiste Faure .... boom operator
Jean-Jacques Ferran .... sound
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Béatrice Wick .... sound
Special Effects by
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Robyn McNicoll .... stunt double (as Catherine Deveuve)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... gaffer
Tony Chapuis .... second assistant camera
Pauline Coste .... assistant camera
Pauline Coste .... first assistant camera
Gérard Delayat .... key grip (as Gérard Guingne Delayat)
Amelie Duceppe .... camera trainee
Steven C. O'Neill .... grip
Lionel Perrin .... focus puller
Richard Vidal .... electrician
Casting Department
Mike Bucci .... extras casting
Kathleen Chopin .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean-Paul Gaultier .... costume designer: Mademoiselle Catherine Deneuve
Ginette Magny .... chief costumer: Canada
Eden Miller .... assistant costume designer: New York
Marielle Robaut .... chief costumer
Priscillia Van Sprengel .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Gaëlle Baud .... post-production assistant
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Mike Fromentin .... assistant editor
Location Management
Fabien Pondevaux .... location scout
Music Department
Jean-Marc Bakouch .... music supervisor
Étienne Daho .... composer: theme song "Tu mi delirio"
David Hadjadj .... composer: additional music
Eric Michon .... music supervisor
Jérôme Rebotier .... composer: additional music (as Jérôme Robotier)
Transportation Department
Michel Boulanger .... driver: actress
Other crew
Emmanuelle Balestrieri .... financial controller
Emmanuelle Balestrieri .... production accountant
Annemarie Berthiaume .... film production secretary
Daniel Boudreau .... production assistant
Michel Boulanger .... assistant: Catherine Deneuve
Da Cruz Bruno .... physical coach
Caroline Dieusaert .... production assistant
Julie Garceau .... computer playback operator
Francois Larose .... set runner
Peri Lupowitz .... assistant production office coordinator: New York
Christian Ménard .... production assistant
Arnaud Plé .... assistant administrator
Charles-Edouard Renault .... legal counsel
Jackie Stolfi .... production coordinator
Claudine Taulère .... script supervisor
Julie Thouin .... production coordinator
Maggie Shuter .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Au plus près du paradis" - France (original title)
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96 min | Italy:100 min (Venice Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:T | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)
Filming Locations:

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Strange, dreamy, romantic, 14 April 2005
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

This will suit only some tastes: a dreamy, loosely plotted film about a (presumably divorced) Parisienne (Deneuve) grown very romantic in middle age - idealizing a man she spurned forty years before.

This viewer believes that the man has not gotten in touch with her again -that her longing imagination (spurred by repeated viewing of An Affair To Remember) has so taken over that she only fantasizes that he has left her (threw on the ground to a pursuing Deneuve an envelope containing) a note to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building on a particular day and time. The movie invites other viewers to instead believe that the man is simply cryptic and elusive, and has made such an appointment.

Fortunately for Deneuve's longing, she must go to New York for work (she is writing a book about a painter and must have three paintings currently in New York photographed for the book). While there, the photographer (Hurt playing a very goofy character) falls for her.

So, will she step into reality by taking up with Hurt who offers her love - or proceed further into the fantasy world by making her appointment at the Empire State Building? And if the latter, what will ensue? There are many inconsistencies in Deneuve's character - e.g., she has no sentiment about anything in her past - has just moved from her old home, has no desire to keep close relations with her daughter (and cleaned out her room), seldom attends reunions of the class where she knew the idealized Philippe - yet she aches with every couple she sees kiss and imagines Philippe everywhere.

Only reason to see this is for Deneuve -I'd never seen her play a character who can be rattled, silly, spontaneous - and she's wonderful. Hurt's character is however an idiot whom no woman would fall for - let alone both Paulina Porizkova (playing an art owner's wife involved with Hurt before her marriage) and Catherine Deneuve.

Finally, a warning to men: do not try Hurt's move with Deneuve at home. You will be injured.

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