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Changing Times (2004)

Les temps qui changent (original title)
Traveling from France to Tangiers, a man looks to reunite with his former love, though their romance ended some 30 years earlier.

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Cécile
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Antoine Lavau
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Natan
Malik Zidi ...
Sami
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Nadia / Aïcha
Tanya Lopert ...
Rachel Meyer
Nabila Baraka ...
Nabila
Idir Elomri ...
Saïd
Nadem Rachati ...
Bilal
Jabir Elomri ...
Saïd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christophe Freudiger ...
Joueur du casino
Hicham Ibrahimi ...
Réceptionniste
Bouchaïd Kidi ...
Le bijoutier
Stéphane Rouabah ...
Chauffeur d'Antoine
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Connections and personality: France and Morocco, sisters, mothers and sons, husbands and lovers. Antoine arranges a job in Tangiers so he can reconnect to Cécile, his first love, unseen for 30 years. Sami, her son, comes from Paris with his friend Nadia and her son to see his mother and his Moroccan boyfriend. Nadia wants to see Aïcha, her twin, a devout Muslim unwilling to see her pill-popping sister. Antoine harbors romantic fantasies; Cécile lives in the real world of an empty marriage to Natan, a Jewish doctor who's broke, drinks too much, and wants to move back to Casablanca. Cécile is a follower. Dogs and mud present dangers, as does complaisance. Will the earth move? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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15 December 2004 (France)  »

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Changing Times  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$31,702 (USA) (14 July 2006)

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$540,400 (USA) (22 November 2006)
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A wonderful achievement of atmosphere and storytelling.
11 October 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

André Techiné sets this story of undying love against a complicated backdrop of conflicted individuals living in today's fragmented world. Essentially a simple story of a middle-aged pair whose paths have not crossed in 30 years, until one of them, still smitten and unable to relinquish his love, throws himself, unwelcome, into the life of the other. Deneuve is at her restrained best, further shown to advantage by the always watchable Depardieu.

The film's other main message is that life is complex and hard, that connections are increasingly difficult to maintain, and our attention must be scattered but vigilant in order to survive. Techiné throws in so many pieces of commentary on modern life that, while the main story is relatively simple, the viewer comes away under a heavy weight, as if having watched an epic film.


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