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Wild Grass -- A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite.

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Christian Gailly (novel)
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4 November 2009 (Belgium) See more »
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A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. After examining the ID papers of its owner... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Resnais adapts novel "L'Incident" by Christian Gailly See more (30 total) »

Cast

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Sabine Azéma ... Marguerite Muir

André Dussollier ... Georges Palet

Anne Consigny ... Suzanne Palet

Emmanuelle Devos ... Josepha

Mathieu Amalric ... Bernard de Bordeaux
Michel Vuillermoz ... Lucien d'Orange (as Michel Vuillermoz de la Comédie Française)

Edouard Baer ... Le narrateur (voice)
Annie Cordy ... La voisine

Sara Forestier ... Elodie

Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Jean-Mi
Vladimir Consigny ... Marcelin Palet
Dominique Rozan ... Sikorsky
Jean-Noël Brouté ... Mickey
Elric Covarel Garcia ... Acolyte aviation

Valéry Schatz ... Acolyte aviation
Stefan Godin ... Acolyte aviation
Grégory Perrin ... Acolyte aviation
Roger Pierre ... Marcel Schwer (as Roger-Pierre)

Paul Crauchet ... Patient 1
Jean-Michel Ribes ... Patient 2
Nathalie Kanoui ... Patiente 3
Adeline Ishiomin ... Patiente 4
Lisbeth Mornet-Arazi ... Patiente 5 (as Lisbeth Arazi Mornet)

Françoise Gillard ... La vendeuse de chaussures
Magaly Godenaire ... La vendeuse de montres
Rosine Cadoret ... La caissière du cinéma
Vincent Rivard ... Le serveur
Dorothée Blanck ... Passagère baptême de l'air (as Dorothée Blank)
Antonin Minéo ... Passager baptême de l'air
Emilie Jeauffroy ... Passagère baptême de l'air
Patrick Mimoun ... Jean-Baptiste Larmeur
Isabelle Des Courtils ... Madame Larmeur
Candice Charles ... Elodie Larmeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cédéric Deruytère ... (uncredited)
Lahcen Elmazouzi ... Un policier (uncredited)
Olivier Martinaud ... Le vendeur de chez Marc Jacobs (uncredited)

Directed by
Alain Resnais 
 
Writing credits
Christian Gailly (novel "L'incident")

Alain Resnais (adaptation) (as Alex Reval) &
Laurent Herbiet (adaptation)

Produced by
Jean-Louis Livi .... producer
Julie Salvador .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Art Direction by
Matthieu Beutter (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Fabrice Bourderioux (swing gang)
 
Costume Design by
Jackie Budin 
 
Makeup Department
José-Luis Casas .... key hair stylist
Delphine Jaffart .... key makeup artist
Flore Masson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marianne Campos .... production secretary
Jérémie Chevret .... production manager
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production supervisor
Bruno Jouan .... assistant unit manager
Pierre Lochardet .... assistant unit manager
Sephora Mayer .... assistant unit manager trainee
Philippe Roux .... production manager
Timothee Talandier .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Armisen .... second assistant director
Matthieu Blanchard .... location assistant director
Nathalie Depose .... third assistant director
Christophe Jeauffroy .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jérôme Billa .... construction buyer
Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez .... storyboard artist
Jacky Hardouin .... construction coordinator
Yvan Hart .... head plasterer
Stéphane Richaud .... carpenter
Bernard Warnas .... property master
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Jean-Marie Blondel .... sound mixer
Katia Boutin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Katia Boutin .... dialogue editor
Gilbert Courtois .... additional sound design
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Pierre-Jean Labrusse .... assistant adr recordist
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthieu Tibi .... sound mix technician
 
Visual Effects by
Claire Cuinier .... visual effects artist
Arnaud Damez .... smoke artist
Simon Descamps .... i/o vfx
Jérôme Dubacq .... IT assistant
Ludivine Ducrocq .... production administration
Anita Lech .... digital artist (as Anita Lech Bedez)
Tim Mendler .... movematcher
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects designer
Sarah Moreau .... visual effects coordinator
Fred Roz .... titles
Mikael Tanguy .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Afchain .... additional grip
Yannick Audige .... electrician
François Berroir .... gaffer
Laurent Bourgeat .... best boy electric
Eric Cuffini .... rigging gaffer: studio
Raphaël Dougé .... second assistant camera
Eric Gies .... rigging electric
Kareem La Vaullée .... Steadicam operator
Huong Lam Thi Doan .... camera trainee
Nathalie Lao .... second assistant camera
Fabienne Octobre .... first assistant camera
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Bruno Seguer .... electrician
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... rigging electric
 
Casting Department
Dorothée Chesnot .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Caíque de Souza .... conform editor
François Dupuy .... technical manager: digimage
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Reginald Gallienne .... dailies color grader (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Varda Kakon .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script
Marianne Campos .... production secretary
Gilles Cappelletto .... travelling car
Camille Ganivet .... script assistant
Julia Katz .... financial consultant
 

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Also Known As:
"Les herbes folles" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some thematic material, language and brief smoking
Runtime:
104 min
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:MA | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Brazil:10 | Italy:T | Japan:G | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG (certificate #45733)

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44 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Resnais adapts novel "L'Incident" by Christian Gailly, 17 September 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The 87-year-old French New Wave veteran directs his longtime star and companion Sabine Azéma (27 years his junior) and regular co-star André Dusollier in this adaptation of an idiosyncratic novel by Christian Gailly about a man and a woman who become fascinated with each other when the man finds the woman's stolen wallet.

The essence of the piece is that the principals are hesitant, indecisive, and a mite crazy. Their experience is the kind that falls through the cracks of well-ordered existence. Hence the new title replacing Gailly's "The Incident," to "Les herbes folles," "crazy grasses." There's a recurrent image of wild grass growing high among stones.

The comfy suburban house of Georges (Dusollier) feels rather like that of Jean-Louis Trintignant outside Geneva, and like Kieslowski's 'Red,' this film is about trying to connect, and has a protagonist who's both respectable and an outlaw. Georges is paranoid about being recognized by police, as if he's done something wrong or been in jail. Yet he has two charming grown children (Sara Forestier, Vladimir Consigny), and a loving and equally appealing wife, Susanne (Anne Consigny, familiar to US French film fans from Schnabel's 'Diving Bell' and Desplechin's 'Christmas Tale'). Georges never acquires a full back-story, but Dusollier is brilliant at depicting his mercurial temperament, and a continual pleasure to watch, as is the equally live-wire Azéma.

Marguerite Muir (Azéma) is a dentist who shares an office with the offbeat French film diva Emmanuelle Devos. Another big French film actor, Matthieu Amalric, plays the cop in the station to whom Georges delivers the found wallet. Strong newcomer Nicolas Duvauchelle, a former boxer, plays Georges' daughter's boyfriend, and he invites Georges to come watch him fight, as well as to use the familiar "tu" with him, but Georges doesn't do either.

Muir has put off till tomorrow reporting the purse-snatching that happened after she bought an expensive pair of shoes. Georges looks up Marguerite and has her phone number and address, but can't bring himself to call her. Georges and Marguerite wind up stalking each other, and the police become involved to call Georges off.

One can see how this could be a quirky, amusing novel, and the innumerable missteps, oversteps, and hesitations would work well verbally. This kind of convoluted mental quirkiness is hard to translate, which is why idiosyncratic literary masterpieces like Sterne's Tristram Shandy have defied the impulse to adapt them cinematically, though Michael Winterbottom made a sporting try (shown in the 2005 NYFF and reviewed by me here). Resnais' task is to find a visual equivalent. The highly mobile camera of Eric Gautier is a considerable asset. On the other hand the jazzy music of Hollywood composer Mark Snow is sometimes merely obtrusive, as at a family gathering where the sax pointlessly overwhelms the scene. But on the other hand it's warm and enveloping in an old-fashioned way in the opening sequences when the two main characters are introduced and we're meant to be charmed and drawn in, and we are.

Resnais and Gailly did not collaborate, at Gaillys' request; he wanted to be left alone to work on his next novel. One of the ways Resnais portrays confused intentions is to show cameos of imagined actions in frames where the character is doing something else; and another is that most obvious interjection of the literary into the cinematic, the use of frequent voice-overs. The production is expensive for a French art film, involving fairly lavish sets and scenes involving small airplanes. One of the links between Georges is that his father wanted to be a pilot and he loves aviation, while Marguerite actually has a pilot's license.

Though Assistant Director Christophe Jeauffroy may have done a lot of the work for the aging master, there are many of the latter's familiar touches, including a lot of rapid cutting early on that recalls his 1963 'Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour.' A director but not a writer whose early fame was due to adaptations of Marguerite Duras ('Hiroshima mon amour') and Alain Robbe-Grillet ('Last Year at Marienbad'), which represent totally opposed sensibilities, Resnais here tries on yet another one. The result is far more conventional than those Sixties films, and on the glossy and mainstream side, veering between farce and melodrama. 'Wild Grass' is full of assurance, and engages from the start. It may disappoint viewers in search of something more profound, more meditative, or funnier, but it's still a work of considerable accomplishment and doubtless may reward repeat viewings by devotees.

Show as an official selection of the NYFF 2009 at Lincoln Center.

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