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Mourir d'aimer... (1971)

GP | | Drama | 20 January 1971 (France)
A love story between a teacher, Daniele, 32 years and one of her students Gerard, 17 during the heated atmosphere of May 68. Daniele is a fiery young woman, very involved politically. ... See full summary »


André Cayatte
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Girardot ... Danièle Guénot
Bruno Pradal ... Gérard Leguen
Claude Cerval ... Le juge d'instruction
Jean Bouise ... Le juge des mineurs
Jean-Paul Moulinot Jean-Paul Moulinot ... Monsieur Guénot
Yves Barsacq ... L'ami
Marie-Hélène Breillat Marie-Hélène Breillat ... 'Le Serpent'
Edith Loria Edith Loria ... Renée
Jacques Marin ... Le correspondant
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Madame Leguen
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... L'avocat de Danièle
Maurice Nasil Maurice Nasil ... Le professeur
Marcelle Ranson-Hervé Marcelle Ranson-Hervé ... Madame Jaias - la voisine (as Marcelle Ranson)
André Reybaz André Reybaz ... Le proviseur
Marianik Revillon Marianik Revillon ... Cécile (as Mariannik Revillon)


A love story between a teacher, Daniele, 32 years and one of her students Gerard, 17 during the heated atmosphere of May 68. Daniele is a fiery young woman, very involved politically. Gerard's parents accuse Danièle of statutory rape and complain. Danièle is trapped and the drama begins . Written by LCJ Editions et Productions

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Sixties Gabriella Christian True LOVE Story
10 September 2020 | by rajdoctorSee all my reviews

N the 20th century - there were major events the World War 1, and World war 2 and the Black Movements of 1960s that gave Black people to travel in a bus and the most liberating of all was the GYPSY Trend - the Beatles, and everyone was getting liberated about SEX Youth were breaking the barriers of social norms There were - people smoking drugs and seeking salvation Those were the times of Osho and Iskcon - Hare Rama Hare Krishna In such times of 1960 - those are growing in that era - it must be really nostalgic

Compared that today's being FREE and LIBERATION is a big FARCE of fad and imitation

But in such times of 1960s - in France - when there was a movement to throw off the government through PROTESTS - where ideologies of Communism, Marxism and Maoist and emerging Capitalist clashed

A liberated modern liberated women Gabrille Rossier - a widower with twin 9 year old children, a Literature teacher and activist was motivating students and teaching them about REVOLUTION in France

One of her students was Christian - a 17 year old bearded lad - son of a rich, wealthy well known politician fascinated by the Militant Maoist movement of China.

Unlikely Christian fell in love with Gabrille, who rejected him many times, but in the end - seeing his passion fell in LOVE with him.


They secretly went to Italy for a tour together. When Christian's father came to know - he used all his political clout to publicly shame, debar, debase, dehumanize Gabrille as a witch monster who had seduced a minor - which was against the law.

A huge controversy erupted in the whole of France, Gabrielle was publicly prosecuted and it became a media trial - put behind bars - in prison. In protest Christiani ran away from home. When Gabriells was bailed out - they met again. There was a retrial. The boy being a minor was tracked down and forcibly put into mental asylum and Gabrille was again put behind bars. Even though they wrote letters to each other -and posted them - their letters never reached them. But through news Gabrielle came to know - how much Christian is suffering in the mental asylum while undergoing psychiatric treatment - shocks, injections to calm his anger down. When Gabrille was again released - To spare Christian from further trouble by his parents Gabrielle committed suicde.

It became a MASSIVE NATIONAL outrage of FREEDOM to LOVEz

There can not be any law that can bar two human beings from LOVING each other.

LOVERz were separated for practising FREE LOVE which was not permissible as per FRENCH law - only because boy's parents did not approve such UNUSUAL relationship.

The whole of France backed the couple and dead Gabriella

Mavis Gallant's who made movies on current social issues - made a movie on the same MOURIR D'AIMER It became the top most movie of France in 1971.

The humiliation a true LOVER suffers is brilliantly captured in this movie - the prison, the shame, the public outcry against her LOVERz should LOVE each other like this But not with a sad ending It is better - TO DIE FOR LOVEz I will go with 7.25 out of 10

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