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The Suburbs Are Everywhere (1973)

Elle court, elle court la banlieue (original title)
He is a sales rep. She is a secretary. They live in the suburbs but she works in Paris. They don't see much of each other and spend much of their time in commuter trains. They try ... See full summary »


Gérard Pirès


Nicole de Buron, Brigitte Gros (novel) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marthe Keller ... Marlène Réval
Jacques Higelin Jacques Higelin ... Bernard Réval
Annie Cordy ... L'agent immobilier
Robert Castel Robert Castel ... Marcel, 'Monsieur CRS'
Nathalie Courval Nathalie Courval ... Marie
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Le chef du personnel (Paris)
Ginette Leclerc ... Madame Blin
Claude Piéplu ... Le directeur de l'usine
Alice Sapritch ... L'automobiliste hargneuse
André Gaillard André Gaillard ... Le premier flic ambulancier (as Frères Ennemis) (as Les #1)
Teddy Vrignault Teddy Vrignault ... Le second flic ambulancier (as Frères Ennemis) (as Les #2)
Victor Lanoux ... Georges
Daniel Prévost ... L'employé des réclamations de la SNCF
Jacques Legras ... Le représentant
Annick Beauchamp Annick Beauchamp ... L'infirmière-chef aimable


He is a sales rep. She is a secretary. They live in the suburbs but she works in Paris. They don't see much of each other and spend much of their time in commuter trains. They try desperately to change job locations to be more often together, but... The plot is not the important thing in the film ; what makes it emblematic of the early and mid-seventies is the insouciant atmosphere. The '74 oil crisis had not yet morphed into a recession, and life was good - even though it was as hard as ever to find a home near one's workplace (or the reverse) ! Marthe Keller and Jacques Higelin are both excellent. The movie is not an all-time great, but it captures the "zeitgeist" of French life in the Seventies. _. Written by christian_fournier

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Just for fun... Well, for non french people
14 April 2004 | by VarboroSee all my reviews

the movie is 1973, but is about a very actual problem : Lodging and working in Paris, and maintaining of a couple life. Everyone in France knows this is impossible, and this movie show why and how things happen. Jacques Higelin is good as an actor (Well... He is better as a singer) and Marthe Keller is perfect as the main character. I saw this movie years ago, when I was young, living and working in Paris, and trying to find a flat to dwell with my wife and newborn son... Now I'm old, far from Paris and I laugh as all is true and very acurate. Seems to be My own history. I can't but give this one a very high rating. The best in this movie is the portrait gallery of the secondary characters, the peddler, the dentist, the girl in the bar, and even the angry Alice Sapritch... All this makes a very watchable movie. There are far more better examples of french comedy, but you should give this one a try. The worst it could do is to waste 1:30 hour of your time, the same the character in the movie spend in the transports every morning

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15 February 1973 (France) See more »

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