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18 December 2002 (France) See more »
Jewish tailor Albert (Abkarian) and his wife Lea (Breitman) are reestablishing their business in 1946 Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Strangers ... Rana

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
Dominique Jonny .... assistant art director
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 .... assistant costume designer
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
Location Management
Clément Gayet .... assistant location manager
Other crew
Jean-Noël Betzler .... production assistant
Karine Chevalier .... production assistant
Alexandra Goineau .... production secretary
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un monde presque paisible" - France (original title)
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Italy:94 min (Venice Film Festival) | USA:94 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:Tous publics | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Unrated


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Essay written for Almost Peaceful, 29 April 2008
Author: Jennifer McCormick from United States

Almost Peaceful Almost Peaceful is a French film written and directed by Michel Deville, about mainly Jewish tailors working in the same shop, each going through something different. They show how they deal with their problems and try to restart their lives after the Holocaust. The business is run by a Holocaust survivor Albert and his wife Léa. They hire six new people all but one are also survivors of the Holocaust. This movie takes place right after the Holocaust in 1946.

Léa, Albert's wife, does not feel that she is in love with Albert any longer. Even though she has children with him and they look like a happy family, on the inside she is secretly in love with another man who works at the shop with her; Charles. Charles got separated from the people he loves during the war. Now that it is over he hasn't reunited with them, and lost them to the death camps. He deals with his problems by isolating himself and not dating. He tries not to feel for any other women, Charles isn't ready to move forward; he might never be able. When Léa opens up to him and explains her feelings to him, he tells her basically that he is never going to be over his wife, no matter what and he will not move on. Léa tries to restart her life by telling the person she cares about the most how she feels and Charles does the same by keeping his family in his mind and never leaving them even though they might be gone.

Maurice, one of the younger men Albert hired in the shop seems to have a problem with keeping long term relationships after the war. It seems like he is fine on a normal day, but when he is by himself he is lonely. Which is understandable, he went through the worst time of his life and came out of it alone. He tries to get rid of his problems by seeing a prostitute. He always goes to see the same prostitute, Simone. One day she asks him out for coffee and after a while he decides to take her up on that, they start liking each other more and they start seeing each other like a relationship. Maurice doubts it will last but at the end of the movie he was happy, so he tries to restart his life by trying new things. David is a young child that we meet right at the end of the movie. Even though he is only there for a short time his role is important in the film. David lost his parents in the war, right before his father left him he gave him a pocket watch, every now and then David listens to his watch. The watch means everything to this boy, it reminds him of the person who meant everything to him, and with the watch that person can be wherever he goes.

Joseph is another one of the younger men Albert hired. When Joseph and his family were arrested, Joseph ran for his life. While his parents were waiting to be taken away he ran out of line and did not stop until he was safe. His parents did not turn around and watch him so it would not cause as much attention. Joseph told this story when he realized the man at the police precinct was the same Police Commissioner that arrested him and his family. The Commissioner was being extremely harsh to him and said he will try his best so that Joseph would not get what he wanted or needed. Joseph went in his face and told the commissioner that he will become a writer and write about everything he went through. He will write what this man did to him and how he feels and his whole life story. Joseph starts to deal with his problems and restart his life by telling his life story.

Almost Peaceful is a movie about how people might deal with their past. It shows what people have done after they lost everything that they lived for, and they live again when the worst has passed. Everyone deals with things differently. One person might keep to themselves while another feels they have to tell the whole world. Either way is fine, it all depends on what will make you feel like you can live again. If I went through any of the things these people had to deal with I don't know what I might do. Now when I am not feeling great, I deal with my problems by entering a bad mood stage and I ignore the people I am mad at and become angry. But that is how I deal with things, and I can't be blamed for that, and neither can any of these people!

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