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Manon sur le bitume (2007)

A woman gains a new insight of life while she's near death.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »
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On a day in early summer, two young men play squash, a lifeguard watches an indoor pool, a young woman shelves books at a store, another stages a puppet show for children in a park, an older woman cooks, and Manon gets on her bicycle to ride to a rendezvous with her boyfriend. She turns a corner. Something happens. As she lies on the asphalt, a crowd gathers around her and an ambulance arrives; we hear her voice, first confused as to what has happened, then telling us how her friends and her mother will receive word, and how her friends will gather to talk. As images move back and forth in time, she remembers recent events and expresses some small regrets. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Remarkable Short
27 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Manon on the Asphalt (2007)

**** (out of 4)

Exceptional French film got an Oscar-nomination for Best Short. The movie shows a young woman riding her bike through the streets when she is hit by a car and lays dying in the street. In these brief moments before death she begins to think about her life, her friends, her boyfriend and what impact their lives had by knowing her. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this film even though I had heard some very good things about it. I must say I now have to see what else was nominated the year this lost the prize. I was really emotionally caught up with this thing and I was simply blown away at how beautiful, poetic and incredibly touching the film was. There's more power and emotion in this 15-minute film then pretty much any Hollywood film coming out around this time. For starters, the film gives a wonderful and touching view point of what one's final moments alive would be like. The way we flash from one flashback to another, the way we see our victim thinking about what people are going to think and how we hear her talk about things she wishes she had done were handled so well that I'm sure the film will leave on impact on those who watch it. Directors Marre and Pont do an excellent job at telling their story and they manage to milk just about every emotion that you could as it really hits its message and delivers a first-rate entertainment. The performances are wonderful, the screenplay right on the mark and we even get a great cover of Bob Dylan's "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome".


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