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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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Release Date:
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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The joy of cinema, Resnais at 87 - whimsical, fanciful in vivid delight, with comparable verve doses by his cinematic collaborators familier See more (29 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)
Olivier Martinaud ... Le vendeur de chez Marc Jacobs (uncredited)
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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 (decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Jackie Budin 
 
Makeup Department
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
Laurent Bourgeat .... best boy electric
Raphaël Dougé .... second assistant camera
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
 
Casting Department
Dorothée Chesnot .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Caíque de Souza .... conform editor
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Reginald Gallienne .... dailies color grader (uncredited)
 
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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Additional Details

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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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The joy of cinema, Resnais at 87 - whimsical, fanciful in vivid delight, with comparable verve doses by his cinematic collaborators familier, 5 August 2010
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

WILD GRASS, aka "Les Herbes Folles" in French, is aptly titled, naturellement. Such grass that grows wild, is unpredictable in how it blooms and affects its surrounding neighbors. It can be amazing or annoying, subtle or gregarious. Consulting my French-English dictionary: 'herbe' is grass, while 'folle' does mean mad, wild, foolish. Either way, veteran French filmmaker Alan Resnais, emboldened by his worthy age and years in the world of cinema, gave us quite a treat to what the joy of cinema can truly be, a film about a pair of 'madman and madwoman' - 'folles' foolish, tremendously so or otherwise.

The story is a series of events string together, seemingly easy to follow, with the comfort of a narrator voice-over interjecting certain rhyme or reason - the varying plot points converge, yet without notice, diverge also. Scratching your head? Don't mind that - ignore the inquisitive curious "why's" - why ever not! Go along with the characters offered and enjoy the ride.

A fabulous French cast: Sabine Azéma again is the leading lady Maguerite in exciting red frizzy hair-do, André Dussollier is Georges exuding his baffled charm in the guise of nonchalance, Anne Consigny is the unperturbed wife of Georges, Mathieu Amalric (of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" 2007) is one curiously affable French Police, Emmanuelle Devos (of "Read My Lips" 2001) is dear friend and go-between Josépha to Maguerite. At times the characters and situations might classify as caricature-like. The style and approach of cinematography (by Éric Gautier) and editing (by Hervé De Luze) skilfully call upon different genres and nostalgic inferences to cinema fantastique, along with vivid colorful set design, as seen in Maguerite's living space.

The wisdom of employing music by composer Mark Snow (of "The X-Files" who had collaborated with Resnais on his prior film "Private Fears in Public Places" 2006) deftly matches Resnais' non-conforming storytelling with mystery-tale notes infused, then it's catchy jazz rhythm, to gliding unobtrusive scores, sheer glove-fitting music accompaniment enhancing our Resnais-induced cinematic experience, indisputable.

I suspect Georges could still be under the influence of his 'grief' phase to his father's recent passed away, that any behavior irrational can be forgivingly disregarded by partner, family, friends. On the other hand, for Marguerite, she's probably bored by the day in and day out routines of her dentistry bread & butter profession, so why not succumb to a total stranger and go loop the loops in the vast sky of possibilities. Sure sounds dreamlike, capricious, unscrupulously playful - certainement. We are blessed with this dessert délicieux from Resnais at 87 (in 2009), hence ask not why. It's Wild Grass - no foreseen reason or logic. Take it in stride and s'amuser.

Bonus noted: subtitles were by Ian Burley, my favorite French/Italian film translator, who provided the outstanding subtitles in "Bread and Tulips" 2000. He was absolutely keen in matching rhymes on the English subtitles to the French lyrics sung in Resnais 1997 "Same Old Song" aka 'On Connaît la Chanson'.

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