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Paul and Michelle (1974)

R | | Drama, Romance | May 1974 (USA)
The continuation of Friends (1971). The story begins three years after Paul Harrison is forced to leave Michelle Latour and their baby, Sylvie, alone in the Camargue after the police ... See full summary »

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Lewis Gilbert

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Lewis Gilbert (story), Vernon Harris | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anicée Alvina ... Michelle Latour
Sean Bury ... Paul Harrison
Keir Dullea ... Garry
Ronald Lewis ... Sir Robert
Catherine Allégret ... Joanna
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Daniel
Anne Lonnberg ... Susannah
Sara Stout Sara Stout ... Sylvie
Steve Gilbert Steve Gilbert ... Nic
Anthony Clarke Anthony Clarke ... Hush
Peggy Frankston Peggy Frankston ... Lilli
Peter Graves ... Sir Henry
Toby Robins Toby Robins ... Jane
André Maranne André Maranne ... Bellancourt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenny Arasse Jenny Arasse ... Sister Mercier
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Storyline

The continuation of Friends (1971). The story begins three years after Paul Harrison is forced to leave Michelle Latour and their baby, Sylvie, alone in the Camargue after the police finally locate his workplace. As a minor, the boy must be returned to his father and step-mother who live in Paris. Paul is sent to England to go to school. Upon completion of his graduation from prep school with honors ("all the prizes"), Paul begins to search for Michelle, learning from her cousin that Michelle had to take refuge in a nunnery. Paul visits with one of the nuns there, Sister Mercier, and quickly finds out that Michelle was placed in a Pâtisserie owned by Monsieur Bellancourt in Nice where Paul subsequently discovers she lived and worked for about six months... then one day, Michelle suddenly walked out. Advised by a fellow employee who has seen Michelle in the market place the week before, Paul learns that Michelle is still in Nice. After a series of near-misses, Paul eventually finds ... Written by Anonymous

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Their love story was so unique it inspired two motion pictures, "Friends" in 1971. And now "Paul and Michelle."

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lewis Gilbert Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Last feature film of Ronald Lewis. See more »

Quotes

[Paul and Michelle go to a hotel room and make love]
Michelle Latour: As if for one moment I could ever have doubted.
Paul Harrison: Did you ever?
Michelle Latour: Only until we had the bad times.
Paul Harrison: What are we going to do?
Michelle Latour: I don't know. I want nights and nights and nights like this.
Paul Harrison: Michelle Latour... you are indescribably, earth shatteringly, nerve rackingly beautiful. What are you thinking?
Michelle Latour: We smell much sweatier now than when we were young.
Paul Harrison: We were a million times more passionate.
Michelle Latour: And otherwise just the same.
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Connections

Follows Friends (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Paul And Michelle
Music by Michel Colombier
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Russell Stone
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Very Good for a Sequel
23 February 2001 | by consortpinguinSee all my reviews

"Paul and Michelle" begins three years after the title characters ended the story of "Friends." Although it is not as good as the original, the film comes together very well. In "Friends," a teen romantic classic, the British Paul and French Michelle ran away and lived together in a secluded romantic dream. In "Paul and Michelle," the couple must face the hardships and boredom of everyday life. They soon learn the responsibility of working for a living and bringing up the child they had in "Friends."

In the beginning, Michelle and daughter Sylvie, who was born in "Friends," are living with Gary, a young American businessman in a French coastal town. The three have an almost normal family life in which Sylvie has bonded with Gary.

Paul, now a college student, abandons academic life to search for Michelle. When he arrives in town, there is a very funny sequence when Paul keeps searching every street and shop for Michelle, and just keeps missing her every time. At last the two literally bump into each other on the street and embrace in a joyful reunion. The very gracious Gary, always knowing that Paul is the true love of Michelle's life, leaves to let Paul move into the apartment.

The main plot of the story is Paul and Michelle's brutal discovery that it is tough to make their romantic love work in the everyday world. Having been raised with wealth, Paul finds the life of a working man difficult as he takes a job as a meatcutter to support his family. Paul and Michelle work jobs in different shifts and take turns watching Sylvie. Their jobs tire them out and raising an active three-year old wears the romance very thin. Paul finds it very hard to bond with his long-lost daughter. Even though she calls him "Daddy," it is a long time until she loves him as much as she loved Gary. The director highlights these realities by inserting a number of flashbacks of "Friends" to contrast with their new life.

Paul misses his exciting student life. There is one anachronistic scene where Paul participates in a poor excuse for a 1960's style student riot that is broken up by the police. In a much more dramatic incident, Paul goes out to a bistro with a young woman friend, leaving Sylvie alone in the apartment. As you might guess, it isn't long before the active tyke gets out. When Michelle returns from work to find her daughter gone, and sees Paul outside with this woman, she nearly panics. Paul and Michelle have to chase all over town to rescue their daughter. Michelle is quite angry.

I can relate to this story more today than I did in 1974, now that I'm older, married with children, and have been working for a living for many years. "Paul and Michelle" is not the dreamy classic you saw in "Friends," but the movie will entertain you as it portrays the strains of growing up and trying to keep romance alive in the real world.


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