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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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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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3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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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
Leonardo Pancari .... carpenter
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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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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Certification:
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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References The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)See more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre twists and turns, 19 July 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

A surreal, madcap, on-again, off-again romance between a married 63-year old father of two and a middle-aged dentist and airline pilot is the subject of 87-year old French director Alain Resnais' latest film, Wild Grass. Based on Christian Gailly's novel, The Incident, from a screenplay by Laurent Herbiet and Alex Reval, Wild Grass treats its characters with respect and humor, yet the film, winner of the Jury Special Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, stands out more for the colorful cinematography by Eric Gautier and fine acting from Resnais' regulars Sabine Azéma and André Dussollier than for its puzzling narrative.

The couple, Marguerite Muir (Azéma) and Georges Palet (Dussollier), meet after Marguerite, out shopping for a new pair of shoes, has her purse stolen by a thief on roller blades and consequently loses her red wallet filled with money, credit cards, and identification papers. Georges, however, recovers Marguerite's lost wallet beneath the wheel of his car and returns it to the police. Interested in aviation and intrigued by a photo of the wallet's owner dressed in a pilot's outfit, Georges decides that he wants to meet her.

After the police inform Marguerite that her wallet has been turned in, she calls Georges to say thank you but he is expecting more and his longing for connection is not satisfied, beginning a pursuit that soon becomes an obsession. He sends her letters, leaves messages on her phone, and slashes her tires to keep her at home but she wants nothing to do with him. Ultimately he persists until she informs the police of the unwanted intrusion in her life. Typical of the screwball relationship, however, she suddenly begins to pursue Georges on her own, making visits to his house late at night and waiting for him in a café outside of a movie theatre where he is watching a favorite film from his childhood, The Bridges at Toko Ri. "You love me, then," Georges exclaims when he sees her for the first time.

Throughout it all, there is an underlying hint of danger with suggestions made about Georges' possibly violent past which outbursts of temper seem to underscore. Even so, everything is handled with a light touch and one never fears for Marguerite's safety and elements of danger or even horror are quickly replaced by rapid shots of romance and even snippets of musicals. Like other aged directors swan songs, Rohmer's The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, Bergman's Saraband, and Kurosawa's Madadayo, Resnais', in his latest work, continues to grow and experiment, although some may say that the styles of these octogenarian directors have basically remained consistent throughout their careers.

Far removed from the seriousness of his most famous films, Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad, just when you think you have figured out Wild Grass, Resnais' whimsy keeps shifting into new territory and its bizarre twists and turns, fake endings, and character reversals will keep you off balance right up until the film's final frame. Like the wild grass in the title which grows where it is least expected, nothing is predictable in this playful but often too cutesy little film.

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