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6 September 2006 (France) See more »
Hours ago they were strangers, in a minute more they will be fugitives
September the 1st, 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Irène Montano

John Turturro ... William Pound

Sara Forestier ... Orlando

Tom Riley ... David

Nick Nolte ... Elliott

Mathieu Demy ... Le jeune banquier
Saïd Amadis ... Le vieux banquier
Magne-Håvard Brekke ... Igor Zyberski (as Magne-Havard Brekke)
Joël Lefrançois ... Le concierge de l'hôtel
Alexis Galmot ... Le serveur
Jean-Luc Lucas ... Le contrôleur
Roberto Moro ... Le gardien du palais
Julien Husson ... L'homme à la cigarette

Directed by
Santiago Amigorena 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Santiago Amigorena 

Produced by
Santiago Amigorena .... co-producer
Paulo Branco .... producer
Tommaso Dabala .... executive producer
Rosanna Roditi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Laurent Martin 
Cinematography by
Christophe Beaucarne 
Film Editing by
Sarah Turoche 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
Production Design by
Emmanuelle Duplay 
Costume Design by
Isabelle Baudry 
Makeup Department
Morgane Bernhard .... hair stylist
Mathilde Dhordain .... makeup artist
Cédric Gérard .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Christophe Bouhier .... assistant unit manager
Anthony Bouinière .... assistant unit manager
Tommaso Dabala .... unit production manager
Stéphanie Delbos .... unit manager
Jean-Luc Lucas .... unit production manager
Raoul Peruzzi .... production supervisor
Nicolas Picard .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Consuelo Bidorini .... assistant director
Renaud Epelboin .... second assistant director
Elodie Gay .... trainee assistant director
Catherine Olaya Salazar .... second assistant director (as Catherine Olaya)
Brieuc Vanderswalm .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Broyon .... second assistant art director
Daniele Carrer .... set dresser
Paolo Cusin .... property buyer
Paolo Cusin .... props
Cécile Deleu .... set dresser
Pierre Duboisberranger .... first assistant art director (as Pierre du Boisberranger)
Antoine Galinié .... property master
Nathalie Rousseau .... second assistant art director
Jean Tixador .... second assistant art director
François Willenz .... digital artist
Sound Department
Valérie Arlaud .... sound editor
Mathilde Cousin .... dialogue editor
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Marie Guesnier .... additional sound
Romain Kronenberg .... sound designer
Anne-Laure Lermyte .... additional sound
Aurélien Lucquiaud .... additional sound
Jean-Yves Pouyat .... assistant sound
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer
François Waledisch .... sound
Special Effects by
Grégoire Delage .... special effects coordinator
Pascal Fauvelle .... special effects technician
Franco Ragusa .... special effects: Italy
Charles-Axel Vollard .... special effects technician
Olivier Zenenski .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Fabrice Anut .... key grip
Werner Bacciu .... co-key grip
Pascal Baudry .... still photographer
Néwine Behi .... first assistant camera
Eric Bialas .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Bouyssou .... grip
Andrea Chiozzotto .... daily camera operator
Eric Cuffini .... electrician
Jean-Pascal Czap .... electrician
Luccio Di Rosa .... grip (as Luc Di Rosa)
Roger Do Minh .... video assistant
Nabil Dridi .... electrician
Jean-François Drigeard .... rigging gaffer (as Jean-François Drigeard Desgarnier)
Franck Fiquet .... electrician
Eric Fodera .... electrician
Manuel Gaspar .... electrician
Michel Gentils .... grip
Eric Gies .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Lacroix .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Lacroix .... gaffer
Tom Mitaux .... electrician
Elvis Pasqual .... co-gaffer
Yannick Ressigeac .... second assistant camera
Angelo Russo .... electrician
Marion Stalens .... still photographer
Christophe Surbier .... grip
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aline Dupays .... costumer
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Carlos Pinto .... assistant editor
Flora Volpelière .... editor trainee
Other crew
Hiam Abbass .... language coach
Agathe Astira .... administrator
Denis Bourgeois .... location scout
Nicola Catullo .... key location assistant
Geoffroy de Boissezon .... production assistant
Flavio De Simone .... assistant accountant
Pierre Dreyfus .... production secretary
Renaud Epelboin .... location scout (as Reno Epelboin)
Violaine Gillibert .... language coach
Geoffroy Hassoun .... stage manager
Aurélie Kazian .... production assistant
Bénédicte Kermadec .... script supervisor
Paula Marshall .... language coach
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Anne Mattatia .... production assistant
Patrick Morch .... groupman (as Patrick Morsch)
Anna Offelli .... production assistant
Cristina Olivari .... production runner
Peggy Plessas .... language coach (as Peggy Hall Plessas)
Nicola Rosada .... location manager
Gérard Sionneau .... groupman
Ula Tabari .... language coach
Anita Tomaselli .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Quelques jours en septembre" - Italy (original title)
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116 min
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Although this is Santiago Amigorena's directorial debut, it is also his 26th screenplay in eight years.See more »
Factual errors: Final scene in Venice the characters are sitting as sun rises in early morning and then the scene shifts to the TV in café with news of 9/11 attack. In Venice the news would have been in the afternoon after mid day meal not early morning.See more »
David:You don't like Americans, do you?
Irène Montano:Because her dad likes poetry, she hates poetry. Because her dad's American, she hates Americans.
David:The fact that her dad's American can't be the only reason why she hates us all.
Orlando:You want other reasons?
Orlando:Because you've got short legs. Because you like Schwarzenegger. Because you take care of your body as if it was a machine, and of your head as if it was a tomato. Because you think you have to save mankind. And surprise, what's supposed to be good for mankind, first, and foremost, is good for you. Enough? Or do you want more?
Irène Montano:Wow. Congratulations. David and I bet you never say more than three words.
David:You've left out a few other reasons. Um, you can hate us because we eat bland food. Because we're always afraid we're gonna be sick. Because we are against abortion, but for the death penalty. Because we never have sex. And because half of us... well almost half of us, voted for George doubla-vee Bush. But you see, for me, the fact that the French have a stuupid president never prevented me from loving them.
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic threesome, 8 April 2007

This is not really a spy thriller, despite its appearance. This is the story of the fantastic threesome told stylishly (and sometimes mischievously, verging on black humour) as they romp merrily through Paris and Venice. The spying stuff and the pre-911 intrigue are only for providing a convenient stage for the characters to play on. And don't expect anything remotely resembling the intricate web of espionage you see in Syrianna. "A few days in September" is actually quite simple, if you strip away the clever disguises. But all this is very entertaining business.

The threesome is an ex-spy (now a "spy trainer") Irene taking a young woman from France and a young man from America on a happy excursion through Paris and Venice to meet their father Elliot, a mysterious figure. Orlando and David, who meet for the very first time in their lives, are only step-siblings, with no real blood relations, and you can sense where that is going, despite their initial animosity, the sure sign of a budding romance. When Orland was a little girl, her mother was killed and Elliot left his daughter in Europe as he was recalled to the States. No wonder she hates him. Back home, he married David's mother, and his new step-son adores him. The story opens after Elliot had been sent back across the Atlantic on some secret mission. Where does Irene come in? A certain secretive party, wanting to meet the ever elusive Elliot for a secretary reason, works through Irene. Elliot finally gives his consent, on condition that Irene brings both his son and daughter to see him at the meeting. Complicated? Not really. Just add a weird assassin William Pound persistently lurking behind the three for an ultimate clean shot at Elliot. There you have everything you need to know, more or less.

It is not easy to fit this movie into a nice little niche. Most of the movie is constructed around the trail of the threesome, chasing after one after another aborted meeting with Elliot. The fact that all these happen through picturesque Paris and Venice is of course delightful. In this movie, we have playful wit, amusing character clashes (you can guess between whom), adventure, tasteful romance and character development. Parallel to that is a character that might have come out of "Pulp fiction", one William Pound who evokes William Blake's ominous "Tiger, tiger burning bright" during a bloody killing, and an assortment of other poets on other similar occasions. He also gets telephone consultation from his shrink on a regular basis. (David, incidentally, is another lover of poetry, and we learn later that he acquired the taste from his step-father.) There is a connection with 911 - the entire duration of the movie, as the title intimates, is from the 5th to the 11th of September, 2001, and no one needs to be particularly clever to guess that therein lies the secret of Elliot's elusiveness. There is even the expected discussion on why people hate Americans, but it is not meant to have any depth. At the end of the day, this is a witty, stylish, entertaining movie, seasoned also with a few pinches of black humour. No, not pretentious. You can be pretentious only when you are serious. But serious this movie certainly is not.

The director seems to have a penchant, for this movie at least, for out-focus shots. Here, they works on two levels. First, they create a special mood of mild intrigue and suspense. But they are also POVs of Irene, who wears eye-glasses. When she takes them off, it is as if she is inviting the audience to join her in taking a break from the excitement of the espionage world to enjoy the beauty of Venice through a mist that enhances your imagination.

It is delightful to see Binoche in an uncharacteristic role, a cool (like, in teenage language) ex-agent trying to out-maneuver seasoned adversaries and baby-sit the pair of young people at the same time, and all this while not forgetting to enjoy herself. Sara Forestier ("Hell", "Perfume: the story of a murderer") plays taciturn Orlando who seems to have a perpetual toothache, which is understandable in view of an experience in her traumatic childhood. But she can be sweet, once her defense is broken down by the easy humour of David. Unknown British actor Tom Riley plays American young man David with the right mix of charm and awkwardness. If he were a little more flamboyant, he could remind you of Hugh Grant. John Turturro ("Oh Brother, where art thou") brings to the movie another dimension, as the eccentric assassin, but you will have to switch on your black humour frequency to get the most out of his performance.

Not top-billed, but must be mentioned, is inimitable Nick Nolte. This superb actor seems to be the best choice when you have a character that appears only in the last 15 minutes but will fill the screen when a huge presence is needed. If you've seen "A beautiful country" (2004) you'll know what I mean. It's also interesting to note that Binoche and Nick were both in "Paris je t'ame", in separate segments.

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