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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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Communal Nurturing and Healing Among Friends of Scars from the War See more (5 total) »


  (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
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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Italy:94 min (Venice Film Festival) | USA:94 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:U | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Unrated


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Communal Nurturing and Healing Among Friends of Scars from the War, 17 July 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

'Un monde presque paisible' (Almost Peaceful) is a touching little film that keeps its story so quietly gentle that the effect is genuinely memorable. Director and screenwriter Michel Deville based this engrossing movie on a novel by Robert Bober: it is a unique vision and sharing of how Jews recovered from WW II.

Set in 1946 in Paris, the owner of a tailoring business seeks out Jews who have either returned from the camps or have been in hiding, or were part of the Resistance, who by luck escaped the fate of so many others, or were outcast otherwise during the horrors of WW II and offers them employment and emotional support. These are healthy people physically: emotionally the damage is deep and requires tender nurturing to start the road to health. The story unfolds slowly and allows us to witness the means by which each of these victims help each other heal and regain self confidence and learn to live in a world without the fear of extermination. The movement of the story is one of emerging trust and the director and actors each bring to the concept a fine sense of history and of the manner in which fellowman can coexist with a little help from their friends.

The cast is uniformly excellent and the atmospheric cinematography by Andre Diot is stunningly beautiful and reminiscent of the post war France period. The musical score is solely dependent on string quartets and matches the intimacy of the message of the film. In French with English subtitles. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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