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André Barde (libretto: original)
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3 December 2003 (France) See more »
A musical drawing room farce set in Paris in October, 1925. Gilberte, in middle-age, flirts with men but loves her husband Georges... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Alain Resnais 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
André Barde  libretto: original

Produced by
Bruno Pésery .... producer
Cinematography by
Renato Berta 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
Art Direction by
Jean-Michel Ducourty 
Costume Design by
Jackie Budin 
Makeup Department
Sylvie Aid .... key makeup artist
Delphine Jaffart .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Nicolas Bary .... unit manager trainee
Leslie Bodot .... unit manager trainee
Benoît Charrie .... unit manager
Pascal Ralite .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurent Herbiet .... first assistant director
Marjorie Tappert .... third assistant director
Art Department
Pascal Chevé .... supervisor head plasterer
François Combastel .... construction manager
Roger Conil .... construction coordinator
Emmanuel Gomes de Araujo .... property assistant
Sound Department
Jean-Marie Blondel .... sound
Philippe Dongé .... sound mix technician
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Armelle Mahé .... assistant sound mixer
Armelle Mahé .... dialogue recordist
Armelle Mahé .... foley recording engineer
Frédéric Pardon .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Agostini .... electrician
Jean-Philippe Marier .... grip
Olivier Porchet .... second assistant camera
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
Casting Department
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Chanat .... costumer
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Elise Fievet .... first assistant editor
Sarah Perrain .... apprentice editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Delphine Berroyer .... production secretary
Sylvie Lalanne .... production accountant
Yann Le Borgne .... location scout
Vanessa Le Reste .... assistant script supervisor
Laurence Picollec .... finance
Corinne Devaux .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pas sur la bouche" - France (original title)
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USA:115 min | Argentina:115 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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The first 60 seconds are wonderful. The rest is blah, 18 November 2008
Author: rooprect from New York City

Resnais, wow! The genius who brought us Hiroshima Mon Amour takes on the challenge of making a 1930s French musical in vibrant colour. The opening voice-over with old, embellished inter-titles was a nice touch. Then the camera aperture opens (like the old hand crankers) on a black & white placard. The camera backs off (or rather, up), suddenly showing us the surprisingly brilliant colours of an elegant table set for a tea party. This is all in the first 60 seconds.

Then the music starts. A rather banal and forgettable diddy featuring an unconvincing chorus of 3 girls blabbering some nonsense which has no relevance to the film (and yes, I speak French, so I can't blame it on the subtitles). Those characters whiz out the door and are replaced by more people who break into an even more forgettable song. Then they leave, and finally Audrey Tautou appears and we hear our first appreciable dialogue 15 minutes into the film.

I'm not sure what Resnais intended by starting off with such a yawning waste of time & musical cacophony. But the effect on the viewer is to make you want to hurl skittles at the screen and storm out. I endured.

It didn't get much better. I'll tell you why. There is absolutely no familiarity with any of the characters. We don't even see their faces half the time (as Resnais seems too intent on showing off the expensive scenery to care about the actual people in front of the camera). People flit on & off stage like moths around a lamp, and we the audience are unable to focus on any particular person or plot. It's as if you were to take every episode of the Brady Bunch and cram it into a 2 hour movie. With bad songs.

The only thing that kept me watching as long as I did (1 hour) was that I was looking at the camera techniques, lighting and scenery which were all, I admit, excellent. But is that enough to hold your attention for 2 hours? Not me. Maybe tomorrow I'll try watching the end. Aw, who am I kidding. I have more important things to do. I'm sure you do, too. Skip this.

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