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Release Date:
20 November 2002 (France) See more »
People and life can be cruel, and in their face, Fannette is cool: toward an old acquaintance, to her daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Marc Flouquet .... art department
Vince P. Maggio .... first assistant director
Fabien Pondevaux .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gonzalo Cordoba .... property master: New York
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
Editorial Department
Gaëlle Baud .... post-production assistant
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Mike Fromentin .... assistant editor
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
Fabien Pondevaux .... location scout
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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Movie Connections:
Features An Affair to Remember (1957)See more »
Tu mi delirioSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Charming, 17 January 2007
Author: mooning_out_the_window from United Kingdom

This film has grown on me with each repeat viewing. Deneuve is in every scene, so it helps if you are a fan, but then how can you not be? The film demonstrates on one level the connection that people can have with the cinema. How it turns a visual image into a feeling, and how also we can live vicariously through it. The director Tonie Marshall wanted Deneuve for this film, and if she had said no, the film would not have been made, it was Deneuve or nobody. This was because Marshal felt, as I have come to over the years, that Deneuve belongs to cinema. She is a legend. When you find a connection it should be kept, whether it is through an actor/actress, character particular film etc. Deneuve on screen represents film and everything about it, how she conveys feelings etc. The film sees Fannette try to find Phillipe, the love of her life from 30 years ago. She is recreating her own scene from An Affair to Remember, where they meet at the top of the Empire State Building. The film is sad at the same time as hopeful. The repeat viewings allow you to see the different layers of the film that are not apparently obvious at the 1st viewing. It can be seen as a romcom sort of film if you wish. But it is so much more. I hope you enjoy it, I am.

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