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Dominique Abel (writer)
Fiona Gordon (writer)
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10 September 2008 (France) See more »
Teachers in a rural school, happy couple Fiona and Dom have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Dominique Abel ... Dom
Fiona Gordon ... Fiona
Philippe Martz ... Gérard
Bruno Romy ... Le voleur de pain au chocolat
Clément Morel ... Eliot
Thérèse Fisher ... L'infirmière

Claire Dubien ... La boulangère
Tatiana Gueroult ... La petite fille de la plage
Michel Valognes ... Le conducteur de bus
Yohan Faure ... Le piéton
Louis Lecouvreur ... Le portier
Stéphane Balls ... Le patron du bar
Odile de Coligny ... Une institutrice
Richard Carpentier ... Instituteur
Pascal Vénara ... Instituteur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morgan Ade ... Elève de Fiona
Ophélie Anfry ... Une femme sur la place
William Ardley ... Danseur
Emmanuelle-Camille Argentin ... Danseuse
Baptiste Baudu ... Gens de la plage
Bruno Baudu ... Gens de la plage
Jacqueline Baudu ... Gens de la plage
Léonie Blandin ... Elève de Fiona
Michael Calvez ... Elève de Fiona
Andrée Cimagane ... Elève de Fiona
Arthur Clément ... Elève de Tom
Annabelle Cocollos ... Danseuse
René-Pierre Cocollos
Cléo Cornet ... Gens de la plage
Cyrille Cornillot ... Danseur
Laura Couderc ... Gens de la plage
Brice Coursin ... Elève de Fiona
Claire Crozat ... Danseuse
Nicolas Darques ... Passant dans le fil rouge
Alex Deshaires ... Elève de Tom
Bernard Desmares ... Danseur
Bernadette Desvergez ... Danseuse
Elise Doucet ... Elève de Fiona
Evelyne Dutut ... Passant dans le fil rouge
Jean-Claude Enault ... Elève de Tom
Agnes Fauvel ... Gens de la plage
Judith Fauvel ... Gens de la plage
Justine Fernandez ... Danseuse
Isabelle Feron ... Gens de la plage
Annick Fessard ... Danseuse
Thérèse Fichet ... Danseuse
Quentin Fraboulet ... Elève de Tom
Maryvonne Furet ... Gens de la plage
Valentine Gegard ... Elève de Fiona
Alice Germain ... Gens de la plage
Pénélope Germain ... Gens de la plage
Audrey Godefroy ... Elève de Tom
Marie-Claude Godefroy ... Danseuse
Rafael Gonzalez ... Elève de Fiona
Yvonne Guilaine ... Danseuse
Isabelle Guéroult ... Gens de la plage
Noah Guéroult ... Gens de la plage
Séverine Guéroult ... Gens de la plage
Antoine Heutte ... Elève de Fiona
Zoé Laine ... Elève de Fiona
Charly Lebouc ... Elève de Fiona
Pierre Lecoeur ... Danseur
Jude Leconte ... Elève de Tom
Florian Ledanois ... Elève de Tom
Elisa Lefort ... Elève de Tom
Lise-Anne Lefort ... Elève de Fiona
Charline Legrand ... Elève de Tom
Alicia Lemont ... Elève de Tom
Emile Lemont ... Danseur
Nathalie Lemont ... Danseuse
Emilie Lenormand ... Elève de Tom
Marie Lepetit ... Elève de Tom
Fleur Leroux ... Danseuse
André Levigouroux ... Elève de Fiona
Noémie Moutel
Marcelle Oliveres ... Danseuse
Anthony Pelisson ... Danseur
Coline Piard ... Elève de Fiona
Luc Potier ... Passant dans le fil rouge
Kali Remy ... Danseuse
Mika Remy ... Danseur
Louise Renaud ... Elève de Fiona
Valentin Rivière ... Elève de Fiona
Chantal Romy
Emilie Roussel ... Passant dans le fil rouge
Thomas Régnier ... Danseur
Camille Saillard ... Elève de Fiona
Michel Sanson ... Danseur
Jean-Charles Scelles ... Passant dans le fil rouge
Léa Soldridhine ... Elève de Fiona
Jimmy Tanguy ... Elève de Tom
Victor Tardiveau ... Elève de Fiona
Christelle Thibon ... Une personne à la plage
Robin Tirelle ... Elève de Fiona
Jérôme Tollimer ... Elève de Tom
Amélie Toupet ... Elève de Fiona
Jean-Paul Travert ... Elève de Tom
Shirley Verin ... La livreuse
Michel Vivier

Directed by
Dominique Abel 
Fiona Gordon 
Bruno Romy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dominique Abel  writer
Fiona Gordon  writer
Bruno Romy  writer

Produced by
Dominique Abel .... executive producer
Dominique Abel .... producer
Claire Dornoy .... executive producer
Charles Gillibert .... producer
Fiona Gordon .... executive producer
Fiona Gordon .... producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Nathanaël Karmitz .... producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Claire Childeric 
Film Editing by
Sandrine Deegen 
Production Design by
Nicolas Girault 
Costume Design by
Claire Dubien 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Lebreton .... makeup artist (as Elisabeth Le Breton)
Charlotte Remay .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Elise Bisson .... production manager
Isabel Hébert .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Berreby .... second assistant director
Pierrick Vautier .... first assistant director
Art Department
Laura Couderc .... set dresser
Jean Loison .... painter
Benoît Valter .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Emmanuel de Boissieu .... sound re-recording mixer
Aline Gavroy .... adr recordist
Hélène Lamy-Au-Rousseau .... sound editor
Gilles Laurent .... sound
Frédéric Meert .... sound editor (as Fred Meert)
Frédéric Meert .... sound (as Fred Meert)
Bruno Schweisguth .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Luc Thomas .... sound recordist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Francois Jacquet .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Mirguet .... visual effects
Sarah Moreau .... visual effects coordinator
Fred Roz .... credits
Mikael Tanguy .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Banizet .... key grip
Cyril Colmant .... grip
Benoît Dupont .... gaffer
Jean-Christophe Leforestier .... first assistant camera
Raine Ludovic .... electrician (as Ludovic Raine)
Sébastien Madeleine .... electrician
Benjamin Masset .... electrician
Laurent Thurin Nal .... still photographer (as Leurent Thurin-Val)
Alexandre Xenakis .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Xavier Desjours .... dailies color grader
Marguerite Le Bourgeois .... assistant editor
Valérie Le Docte .... assistant editor
Nora Sèches .... color timer
Other crew
Caroline Baurez .... production accountant
Muriel Bec .... animal wrangler
Cécile Bergés .... script supervisor (as Cécile Bergès)
Monica Donati .... press attache
Marina Festré .... project, finance and promotion development
Jean-Michel Gambillon .... researcher
Nathalie Marchak .... business affairs (as Nathalie Marchac)
Valérie Rouy .... production assistant
Philippe Logie .... thanks

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France:77 min | Argentina:77 min
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Award: sélectionné pour le Festival de Cannes 2008 (Semaine de la Critique, séance spéciale).See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Flow, 28 March 2013
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

This is a very simple, heart-warming film. It's in Tati's vein of flat onedimensionality, which has roots in vaudeville and silent comedy. How this works is that we are placed at a larger viewing distance than usual. We know hardly anything about the protagonists, they are in love and love to dance basically. There is sparse dialogue, we won't know them by what they explain. There's rear projection in the driving scenes, a throwback to the artifice of old films, establishing a stage, a cartoonish-reduction, normally I find this off-putting.

But thankfully it is to very powerful effect. Overall the idea is to abstract to a canvas as blank as possible, sparse, a stage with just the people, so that instead of arguing with specific drama, we can register with unusual clarity simply the flow of feelings. It's emptying out.

Externally, that is their dance together. They're marvellous together, she a gangly Olive Oyl, he a gangly Mr. Hulot. It's not polished talent (deliberately so) like you might see in a normal dance film, but spontaneous joy, purely the desire to express feelings, shucks about form. It's a flawed dance, much better this way.

It's the internal flow that really elevates this though. It's as rich on the inside as it is plain on the outside. As silly or slight as some of the visual gags are, as visually unoriginal the flatness of stage, the lack of depth in the characters, so deep is the human connection between them. I was beaming with joy in the end.

Life can be trivial but happy, the film says. There is loss ahead, inserted as just the urge for death in the suicidal man. The loss as loss of memory as the burning down of the house, the man simply can't remember that he ever loved the love of his life. It's sweet and touching.

It's nearly transcendent by the end, a series of visual meditations on losing and finding again. The appeal? The larger viewing distance is not so that we can observe with distant cleverness, as in most Wes Anderson. Neither is it to 'ignore' the drama. It's so we can have enough empty space to unfold whole flows, without having the mind 'stop' at each turn. (someone like Bergman 'stops' the mind when he has you dwell in this or that psychological state)

So in this way, the film shows very clearly what causes suffering. It is what the film leaves out, that is dwelling with attachment on the particulars of misfortune. On the flipside of that is love as the dancing flow that liberates and redeems. This is simple, deep, a film to cherish.

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