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18 December 2002 (France) See more »
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Jewish tailor Albert (Abkarian) and his wife Lea (Breitman) are reestablishing their business in 1946 Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Simon Abkarian ... Albert
Zabou Breitman ... Léa
Vincent Elbaz ... Léon

Lubna Azabal ... Jacqueline
Denis Podalydès ... Charles

Julie Gayet ... Mme. Andrée
Malik Zidi ... Joseph
Stanislas Merhar ... Maurice

Clotilde Courau ... Simone
Sylvie Milhaud ... Mme. Sarah
Judith D'Aléazzo ... Mme. Himmelfarb
François Clavier ... Police Commissioner
Hervé Briaux ... Proprietor
Pierre Diot ... Fascist at Cafe
Eric Laugérias ... Charles' Lawyer
Laurence Masliah ... Summer-Camp Director
Stéphane Bientz ... Flirtatious Camp Counselor
Bruce Myers ... Forest King / Old Tailor
Oskar Bellaïch ... Child
Stéphane Bouby ... Child
Sylvie Ferro ... Child
Adrien Fontanaud ... Child
Catherine Giron ... Child
Sophie Gourdin ... Child
Yannick Guérin ... Child
Yaron Hazens ... Child
Sacha Judaszko ... Child
Béatrice Laout ... Child
Alexandra Martinez ... Child
Meriem Menant ... Child
Raphaël Pener ... Child
Dominique Pozzetto ... Child
Simon Renou ... Child
Céline Thiou ... Child
Waldemar Wundermann ... Child
Bernard Ballet ... Wasserman
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Directed by
Michel Deville 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bober  novel "Quoi de neuf sur la guerre?"
Michel Deville 
Rosalinde Deville 

Produced by
Rosalinde Deville .... producer
 
Cinematography by
André Diot 
 
Film Editing by
Judith Rivière Kawa 
Andrea Sedlácková 
 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
 
Set Decoration by
Sandrine Canaux 
 
Costume Design by
Madeline Fontaine 
 
Makeup Department
Laurence Azouvy .... key makeup artist
Carole Duclos .... assistant hair stylist
Lucio Inzerillo .... assistant hair stylist
Nathalie Louichon .... assistant makeup artist
Diane Mahmoudi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Isabelle Arnal .... unit manager
Georges Barrier-Carron .... assistant unit manager
Franz-Albert Damamme .... production manager
Thierry Gazaud .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christophe Barbier .... assistant director
Joan de Camaret .... assistant director
Marc Letellier .... assistant director
Nicolas Saubost .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
François Aïssa .... construction crew
Igor Barré .... assistant decorator
Xavier Buffin .... painter
Phillipe Christeller .... assistant decorator (as Philippe Christeller)
Tom Danos .... assistant decorator
Jules Delière .... construction crew
Henri Demonio .... construction crew
Frédéric Dor .... construction crew
Nicolas Doyon .... construction crew
Christophe Hervé .... painter
Emmanuel Jaffre .... painter
Jean-Louis Lalet .... property master
Nathalie Longval .... painter
Laurent Moizo .... painter
Stéphane Parisotto .... assistant decorator
Bruno Peschard .... assistant decorator
Emmanuel Prévot .... assistant decorator
Ségolène Rocher .... assistant decorator
Etienne Rohde .... assistant decorator
Roméo Zinzen .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Alexandre Andrillon .... sound assistant
Laurent Bluwal .... sound assistant
Pierre Buteau .... sound editor
Thierry Delor .... sound
Thomas Desjonquères .... sound editor
Jean-Christophe Julé .... assistant sound mixer
Bruno Langiano .... foley artist
Catherine Mantion .... sound editor
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Jean Minondo .... sound
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Amédéo .... electrician
Vincent Blasco .... grip
Jean-Paul Chaboud .... electrician
Julie Conte .... assistant camera
Laurent Dhainaut .... camera operator
Guillaume Giraudo .... electrician
Jean-Marie Leroy .... still photographer
Kamel Lyoubi .... electrician
Rachel Perez .... assistant camera
François Perrault-Alix .... grip
Rodolphe Ughetto .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Guillaume Moulin .... extras casting
Emmanuelle Prévost .... casting: children
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pascale Baume .... costume assistant
Isabelle Guérin .... costume assistant
Chloé Lesueur .... costume assistant
Jean-Claude Thomert .... costume assistant
Marilyne Walbert .... costume assistant
Véronique Élise .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Christophe Gadret .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
François Philippe .... assistant editor
Judith Rivière Kawa .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Jean-Noël Betzler .... production assistant
Karine Chevalier .... production assistant
Clément Gayet .... assistant location manager
Alexandra Goineau .... production secretary
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un monde presque paisible" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Italy:94 min (Venice Film Festival) | USA:94 min
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Australia:M | France:U | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Unrated
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Very Apt Title for an Unusual Story of Holocaust Survivors, 22 August 2004

[See the IMDb home page for this film for the cast names. They aren't known much in the U.S.]

Most movies (and stories) about Jews and the Holocaust take place either during the war or very long after when events combine to force recollection. Sometimes such latter-day stirrings lead to centrally critical flashbacks as in the currently showing "Rosenstrasse." French veteran director and writer Michel Deville has a different approach in "Almost Peaceful," one that works rather well.

The time is the France of 1946 and a fairly flourishing tailor shop is run by Albert, married to Lea. They have two little kids, a boy and a girl. During the war the Jewish couple suffered separation, Albert in hiding in a house and Lea with their first child secreted away on a farm.

Albert has a big heart and his shop has workers who survived the camps or hid during the terror. Most are Jewish. One young man fought in the Resistance. An older fellow was liberated from the death camps but his wife has not been found and he knows that she surely is lost. Lea, believing Albert is no longer enchanted with her, might go for a fling with the seldom smiling tailor but he is still married in his heart. He is sad but not despondent - in his own way he seeks to regain some joy in just being alive.

This eclectic admixture embraces several young men, one a writer-in-promise, the other something of a certifiable klutz with two left hands and a big heart. A bespoke craftsman he never will be.

The title of the movie reflects the reality the people in the tailor shop encounter every day. The Nazis are gone, collaborators have been punished but the "usual suspects," those dependable anti-Semites of the stripe who railroaded Dreyfus, are still around. One of the young men seeks permanent papers from a police inspector to be coldly told that the officer will do everything in his power to thwart the guy's application. He leaves the place and confidently remarks to a cop outside the front door that it's a new day in France when a Jew can walk OUT of a police station. That encapsulates the experience of not only the film's characters but so many other Jewish survivors in France and other countries. There is greater protection, less peril but...they are still rejected as different by many.

The charm of "Almost Peaceful" is how some very ordinary people begin life anew after very extraordinary experiences. The tattoos on several of the characters' wrists are barely visible, just enough to remind viewers of their ordeal.

Children - born, expected and hoped for - play a central role in the film. The excellent, unaffected acting prevents what might have been a cloy plot from ever being so. There's a lot of subtle charm and good humor here as the tailor shop crew and their friends carefully but optimistically renew a vibrant life after a deadly storm.

The film ends, appropriately, satisfyingly at a Jewish summer camp where kids experience fun, games and as much food as they want. Their playful laughter is the story's fine coda.

By the way, IMDb lists the composer correctly as Giovanni Bottesini and has a page for him with no information. Do other "film score composers" such as Beethoven and Mozart have their own nearly blank IMDb pages? I think someone didn't realize that Bottesini, perhaps the finest composer ever for the double-bass, died in 1869.

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