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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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You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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The best of the shorts
8 February 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The concept of MANON ON THE ASPHALT — the effect a woman's life had on those around her in the moment she dies, as seen by the nearly departed — is slightly affected and literary, but the execution as visual and emotional little film. Of the five live action short Academy Award nominees, this is the only one that choked me up. Like AMELIE, Manon (we barely know her, actually) is a spritely Parisienne with a wide range of friends, neighbors and family, all of whom care about her. What's remarkable, of course, is that neither Manon nor those in her circle are "special" — they are just like everyone else, as complex and human and quirky as anyone. The film taps into a universality of life with clarity and heart without becoming cloying. I can't imagine someone not nodding in acknowledgment or familiarity at many of the events and personalities. My vote for the Oscar.


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