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Les jeux sont faits (1947)

Two people learn to love each other in the afterlife and get a second chance.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eva Charlier
Marcello Pagliero ... Pierre Dumaine
Marguerite Moreno ... La dame de l'au-delà
Charles Dullin ... Le marquis
Fernand Fabre ... André Charlier
Jacques Erwin ... Jean Aguerra
Colette Ripert ... Lucette
Marcel Mouloudji ... Lucien Derjeu
Guy Decomble ... Poulain
... Le chef milicien
Jim Gérald ... Renaudel
Renaud Mary ... Un milicien
André Carnège ... Le ministre de la justice
Andrée Ducret ... Madame Astin
... Georges


Eve and Pierre are killed independently at the same time. They learn to know and love each other in the afterlife. They get a second chance back in life so they can prove their absolute love. But can they put their pasts behind them ? Written by Johannes Stahl

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Release Date:

2 July 1947 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Chips Are Down  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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a masterpiece
13 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have seen quite a few films in my life, but this is one of the films that will be one of my absolute faves of all time. And it's definitely a brilliant piece of art and a film legend.

Eva, the unhappy wife of a rich man and Pierre, a poor rebel, are killed at the same time, independently from each other. They meet again in a mysterious village and both are lead to a small street and a house that turns out to be the waiting room, where they get to know what happens to them in after life. Eva and Pierre fall in love while waiting and when their time comes, they are given a chance: Both will be send back to live and if they succeed in finding each other on earth again and staying a couple, they can stay together for all time in the afterlife. If they don't succeed, they will be banned from ever seeing each other again. And so off they go back to life...

I won't tell how this all is resolved and what end Eva and Pierre find, but the story, as well as the settings and the style this film was shot in, are remarkable and intriguing. Even more if you keep in mind that this film was made in the 40s.

I can't say anything bad about it. It has everything: Style, suspense, emotion, a simply wonderful love story and a fantastic plot. Both protagonists are doing a fantastic job and Micheline Presle is simply a feast to watch...

As I said: A masterpiece. Worth watching at least once and being remembered forever.

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