Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard (2002)
"17 fois Cécile Cassard" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  10 July 2002 (France)
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A portrait of a woman, composed of 17 moments from her life.



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Credited cast:
Cécile Cassard
Ange Ruzé ...
Johan Oderio-Robles ...
Tiago Manaïa ...
Jérôme Kircher ...
Julien Collet ...
Jérémy Sanguinetti ...
Marie Bunel ...
Fabio Zenoni ...
L'homme du porche
Robert Cantarella ...
L'homme du cimetière
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Le serveur
Lisa Lacroix ...
Marie Laudes Emond ...
La boulangère


A portrait of a woman, composed of 17 moments from her life.

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a work of beauty
26 October 2002 | by (paris, france) – See all my reviews

a portrait of a woman in 17 fragments, a woman who has just lost her husband, a woman who leaves behind her a life in the provincial city of Tours where every person, every object and every gesture holds memory of a love she cannot bear to have lost, a woman who proceeds forward, a bit blindly, as she essays to remove a great distance that has between her and her heart, which has become, in her mind, an unsafe place. beatrice dalle incarnates this woman, cecile cassard, giving a beautiful performance worthy of recompensation. perhaps even the cesar for best performance for this year. she doesn't merely act well, she inhabits this woman: dalle doesn't lie when she tells us, as she often does, that she lives a character while she is making a film.

the director, christophe honore, not forgetting that it is he who illicits dalle's wonderful performance, demonstrates a masterful command of visual storytelling in remembering that, in film, pictures have a more important weight than words in advancing a narrative story-line. much is heard in the french press and on television that this is an experimental film, a film without a linear narrative. no, in fact, the film is a conventional narrative at heart for it follows a linear journey of a woman as she strives to refind herself. and it is a beautiful story, mixing pain and loss with laughter and love. i look forward to more films by him in the future.

also of note is a good soundtrack by alex beaupain and les lily-margot and the beautiful cinematography by remy chevrin: they achieve a perfect symbiosis, such as in the opening sequence, the scenes at the abatoir-factory in Toulouse, and the dancing scene between dalle & romain duris, who plays the director's alter-ego of sorts, in the hotel where cecile first stays in Toulouse.

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