Sagan (2008)

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France, 1950s. From the Quartier Latin to Saint-Tropez via New York, a young Parisienne becomes the icon of a whole generation. In 1954, 19-year-old Francoise Sagan shot to fame with her ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Quoirez dite Sagan
Pierre Palmade ...
Jacques Chazot
Peggy Roche
Lionel Abelanski ...
Bernard Frank
Jacques Quoirez
Denis Podalydès ...
Guy Schoeller
Philippe (Complete TV version)
Samuel Labarthe ...
René Julliard
Margot Abascal ...
Florence Malraux
Gwendoline Hamon ...
Suzanne Quoirez
Chantal Neuwirth ...
Mme Lebreton
Silvie Laguna ...
Mme Bartoli
Denis Westhoff 23 / 33ans
Robert 'Bob' Westhoff


France, 1950s. From the Quartier Latin to Saint-Tropez via New York, a young Parisienne becomes the icon of a whole generation. In 1954, 19-year-old Francoise Sagan shot to fame with her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse. Flamboyant, scandalous and underrated, Sagan lived her life at the furthest edge of excess. She won and lost fortunes at the roulette table, bought and crashed superb sports cars, drank, danced and partied, leaving a trail of lovers in her wake. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Release Date:

11 June 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bonjour Sagan  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Sagan" was originally produced and shot as a two-part TV miniseries (2 x 90'). When seeing it, Luc Besson (director, producer but also distributor) decided to purchase the screen rights and released it after having trimmed it down to a two hour feature film. See more »


When Françoise chooses her pen name, we can see the bar code on the back cover of the book. Such detail could not exist in the 1950s. See more »


Twist à Saint Tropez
Lyrics by André Salvet
Music by Guy Lafitte and Martial Solal
Performed by Dick Rivers and Les Chats Sauvages
Recorded in 1961 on Pathé 45 Tours EA 569
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comme si, comme ça
14 April 2009 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Sagan's charisma lies in two elements: her intelligence and sincerity. She is apt at using simple but touching words and phrases, for example, the monologue on the first page of Bonjour, Tristesse. Her legendary life, full of inspiration, enthusiasm, caprice, sometimes looks like an enigma, mysterious and compellent,even her unconventional behavior looks acceptable. Though the film seems to be a little bit insipid, or rather dull, lacking passion and elegancy;the final scene her unreal talk to his son is truly moving. Sylvie Testud's casting is admirable, and i think she wears a unique temperament, close to a temperament of a poet and aristocratic temperament.

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