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12 October 2005 (France) See more »
The fifty years old Jean-Claude has a boring life, working in a notary office of his own and as court official evicting tenants or seizing properties... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Much subtlety and humanity in a very downbeat minimalist framework See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Patrick Chesnais ... Jean-Claude

Anne Consigny ... Françoise
Georges Wilson ... Le père de Jean-Claude
Lionel Abelanski ... Thierry, le fiancé de Françoise
Cyril Couton ... Le fils de Jean-Claude
Geneviève Mnich ... La mère de Françoise
Hélène Alexandridis ... La soeur de Françoise
Anne Benoît ... La secrétaire
Olivier Claverie ... Le dragueur cours de tango
Marie-Sohna Conde ... Rose Diakité (as Marie-Sonha Condé)
Isabelle Brochard ... L'aide-soignante
Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Le médecin
Pedro Lombardi ... Le professeur de tango
Pascal Praud ... Journaliste sportif (voice)
Géraldine Rojas ... Danseuse tango spectacle
Javier Rodriguez ... Danseur tango spectacle
Valérie Kéruzoré ... Vendeuse parfumerie
Isabelle Spade ... Vendeuse magasin robes de mariées

Régis Romele ... Policier n°1 (as Régis Romelé)
Thierry Cazals ... Policier n°2
Alexandre Ducène ... Fils soeur de Françoise
Cynthia Faure ... Fille soeur de Françoise
Yves Lambrecht ... Mari soeur de Françoise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Besse
Laurent Cotillard ... Un élève du cours de tango
Géraldine Loubet
Tara Valdès ... Une élève du cours de tango

Directed by
Stéphane Brizé 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stéphane Brizé 
Juliette Sales 

Produced by
Miléna Poylo .... producer
Gilles Sacuto .... producer
Original Music by
Eduardo Makaroff 
Christoph H. Müller 
Cinematography by
Claude Garnier 
Film Editing by
Anne Klotz 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
Production Design by
Valérie Saradjian 
Costume Design by
Ann Dunsford 
Makeup Department
Jean-Marie Cuvilo .... key hair stylist
Stéphanie Selva .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christophe Desenclos .... production manager (as Christophe Désenclos)
Bruno Duron .... unit production manager
François Pichon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphanie Champault .... second assistant director
Eloïse de Beaucourt .... additional third assistant director
Maurice Hermet .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thierry Fièvre .... property master
Patrick Widdrington .... key construction
Sound Department
Emmanuel Croset .... sound mixer
Philippe Deschamps .... trainee sound mixer
Xavier Griette .... sound
Hervé Guyader .... chief sound editor
Nicolas Lefebvre .... dialogue editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Julien Sicart .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Audrey Kleinclaus .... visual effects coordinator: L'EST
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Crotto .... still photographer (as Michaël Crotto)
Jean-Marc Dupuy .... additional grip
Jean Monneret .... key grip
Casting Department
Marie Pierre Delabrière .... extras casting (as Marie-Pierre Vau)
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Gwenaëlle Hubert .... assistant editor
Location Management
François Pichon .... location manager
Music Department
Bruno Mercere .... music mixer
Other crew
Nicole Marie .... script supervisor
Marie Van Wanbeke .... production secretary
Manuel Blanc .... thanks

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France:93 min
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-3 | Germany:0 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Much subtlety and humanity in a very downbeat minimalist framework, 12 March 2006
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Stéphane Brizé's Not Here to Be Loved /Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé is the mournful character study of an aging, divorced court bailiff (a hussier de justice) who hand-delivers eviction notices and requisitions property -- a distasteful job and business passed on by his father which he understandably hates -- and on weekends goes to a retirement home where his father -- the dad from hell, whom it's utterly impossible to please -- makes cruel remarks to him. Life has little to offer the dour and unsmiling Jean-Claude till he starts going across the street from his office to attend a tango class (first glimpsed enticingly from afar like the dance studio in Almodóvar's Talk to Me). There he meets and starts seeing a much younger woman.

At his first class, he's approached by another student, Francoise (Anne Consigny), not because she's attracted to him but because his mother babysat for her when she was little. She's supposed to be marrying a schoolteacher named Thierry (Lionel Abelanski) whom she's already living with, not altogether happily. He has taken off half a year to write a book and does nothing but complain about how badly it's going. Francoise is obviously as displeased with Thierry as Jean-Claude is with his entire life. Both suffer with what the French call "mal de vie." Francoise and Jean-Claude are both bottled up and with their awkward silences they send confused signals to each other.

The movie isn't a happy ride but develops conviction and a subtle life-affirming feel thanks to the nuanced performance of sad-faced Patrick Chesnais – which got him nominated for a Best Actor César last year. Perhaps one of the reasons the French can make a film like this is their well-established willingness to see aging, unhandsome men as potentially attractive to the likes of Emmanuelle Béart and Catherine Deneuve. Chesnais has a kind of dignity that neither his deeply lined face nor his hangdog manner can erase. Anne Consigny is subtle as the lady friend, and longtime veteran film actor George Wilson is formidable as the hateful and ultimately pathetic father. Minimalist and depressing this film is, but not boring, because director and cast wring the ultimate riches from every moment.

There is much subtlety and humanity in this film, whose minimal plot and minimalist style give the actors and their characters maximum room for development within a narrow but compellingly real range of emotion. But for some the result may be a bit overshadowed by other treatments of shut-down male characters like Daniel Auteuil's violin-maker in Claude Sautet's luminous Un coeur en hiver. It seems possible that indeed this film in the series will not be picked up for US distribution because it's so downbeat. If so, a pity, because this movie is not only a subtle character study but one that's very French.

(Shown as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York's Lincoln Center in March 2006; Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé opened in Paris October 12, 2005.)

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