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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
Other crew
Jean-Noël Betzler .... production assistant
Karine Chevalier .... production assistant
Clément Gayet .... assistant location manager
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:U | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Unrated


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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
When A Normal Life Is A Great Victory, 8 September 2004
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Almost Peaceful (Un monde presque paisible)" uniquely focuses on a slice of time hitherto unexplored in film.

It's set in Paris in 1946 as co-workers in a tailor shop just try to have normal lives. But they are only physically recovered.

They are each survivors in different ways, whether from the camps, hidden, accidentally escaped, or joined the Resistance, or, for the non-Jews, compromised with the occupiers. All are youthful (the most likely demographic to have survived), whether during the war they were children, teens, young adults, or had started families. They are just trying to pick up their pieces, re-learning the quotidian.

But the tiniest things bring back uncontrollable memories, as powerfully as Proust's madeleine to use a French cultural comparison.

Particularly noteworthy are the Jews' relationships with gentiles. Where in most movies somehow all Frenchmen were members of the Resistance, here they recognize their informers, or the apathetic stand-byers, those who had gladly taken over their apartments, etc. etc. And those who think that it doesn't matter anymore and accidentally stumble into more emotions than they bargained for.

Over the gradual unfolding of the film, each fully developed and emotionally damaged character very individually adapts to breathing more freely and assertively and we cheer each quiet, little step in their progress.

The movie serves as a beautiful illustration of why so many survivors' stories didn't come out for another 50 years.

While it is based on an autobiographical novel, a neighbor of mine who was a child in France in 1946 supported its realism.

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