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The Long Absence (1961)

Une aussi longue absence (original title)
Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment... See full summary »

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Henri Colpi
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alida Valli ... Thérèse Langlois
Georges Wilson ... Le clochard
Charles Blavette ... Fernand
Amédée Amédée ... Marcel Langlois
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... Le retraité
Pierre Parel Pierre Parel ... Un agent
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... Alice Langlois
Diane Lepvrier Diane Lepvrier ... Martine (as Diana Lepvrier)
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... Simone
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Favier
Corrado Guarducci Corrado Guarducci ... Un ouvrier
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... L'homme au juke-box
Jean Luisi Jean Luisi ... Un ouvrier
Pierre Mirat Pierre Mirat ... L'épicier
Jacques Harden Jacques Harden ... Pierre - le camionneur
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Storyline

Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment. It must be said that her spouse has not shown any signs of life ever since he had disappeared during the World War Two. Because the stranger has lost his memory, Thérèse tries hard to stir up memories in him but she fails. Is the stranger really the man of her life? Anyway, the tramp disappears once more. Alone again, Thérèse still hopes he will come back. Written by Guy Bellinger

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She probed deep into his heart and his soul...but could not bring back his forgotten past. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Absence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 34357 delivered on 28-3-1961. See more »

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Featured in Music for the Movies: Georges Delerue (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Trois petites notes de musique
Composed by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by Henri Colpi
Performed by Cora Vaucaire
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Trois Petites Notes de Musique
5 December 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Generally the simple name of Marguerite Duras makes me yawn my head off.But here,not at all.Released in 1960, this little gem has almost sunk into oblivion,and for good reasons : Henri Colpi was not part of the Nouvelle Vague and it was a curse when His Majesty Godard's reign began.

Hindsight displays the great charms of this movie: the subject is finally close to "Un long Dimanche de Fiançailles" ,Jeunet's extravaganza,but it's an intimate drama and much more moving.

During WW2,Thérèse (Alida Valli,the great Italian thespian,excellent as ever) lost her husband;he had been reported missing in Germany.In her small bistro,she is still waiting,waiting...One days she spots a tramp on the street (George Wilson).Might he be the one?Might he? A film about souvenirs,lost illusions,fear of loneliness,nostalgia,hope against hope,"Une aussi longue absence" is all this and more.Enhanced by George Delerue's (who else?)delicate score,which features the little song "Trois petites notes de Musique" (= three little music notes) , an infinite poetry emanates from Colpi's work.

In 1960,there was not only Truff' or God' in France!Please give the non nouvelle vague directors a chance!They were not out of breath either.


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