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It Only Happens to Others (1971)

Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres (original title)
GP | | Drama | 29 October 1971 (France)
Catherine and Marcello are secluded in their house, living under the candlelight. Unable to accept the injustice behind the loss of their nine-month-old baby, they face a slow but definite self-destruction.

Director:

Nadine Trintignant (as Nadine Marquand Trintignant)

Writer:

Nadine Trintignant (as Nadine Marquand Trintignant)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... Catherine
Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... The Brother
Dominique Labourier ... Marguerite
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Sophie
Catherine Allégret ... Young Woman
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud
Rosa Chiara Magrini Rosa Chiara Magrini
Benoît Ferreux
Marie Trintignant
Edouard Niermans Edouard Niermans
Michel Gudin Michel Gudin
Andrée Damant
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Storyline

Catherine and Marcello have lost their daughter. Only 9 months old, the baby died from a rare illness. Isolating themselves, the couple hide from the world in their apartment. There they try to deal with their deep mourning for the baby, recalling the happy times when the child was still alive. The film is based on personal experiences of Nadine Trintignant. Written by Antje Kuechler

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The Motion Picture That Must End... To Begin.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 October 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

It Only Happens to Others See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 59668 delivered on 26-1-1972. See more »

Quotes

Catherine: [Reading a magazine] If you would like to donate money to someone, to whom would you do so? Would it be a beggar or an institute?
Marguerite: A beggar.
Catherine: According to your answer, you're as naive as i am. At least it's not accepted by the school.
Marguerite: Is this a kind of question they would ask?
Catherine: It's the only way to eliminate the kids from abroad. Too many kids, not so many schools... Oh my God, i'm gonna be late!
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Crazy Credits

Paix, Paix... Elle n'est pas morte, elle n'est pas endormie. Elle s'est réveillée des rêves de la vie. Shelley. See more »

Connections

References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

ça n'arrive qu'aux Autres
Michel Polnareff (Composition and interpretation)
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Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans (Lennon)
24 December 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Based on a true story ( a tragedy Nadine Trintignant experimented) ,the movie was the director's biggest success .After an interesting (but not for all tastes) offbeat thriller ("Le Voleur De Crimes" ) , she tells the worst thing that can happen to a couple :the loss of their child.The fact that they are portrayed by two superstars (Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve) is not a problem for both are close to ordinary people here .The story deals with the harsh reality and the necessity for life to go on.Thus the key moment is when Mastroianni opens the shutters .A barrel of laughs ,this is not,but these things happen (see the title) ..A lovely song by Michel Polnareff was a big hit in 1972 in France .The movie is dedicated to Marie Trintignant (Nadine's daughter) who died tragically .


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