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A Simple Story (1978)

Une histoire simple (original title)
A simple story about simple people. A 38 year old divorced woman (Marie), who now has a lover (Serge) but decides to leave him, abort his baby, and then returns with her ex-husband (Georges... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

Jean-Loup Dabadie (dialogue), Claude Sautet
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Marie
Bruno Cremer ... Georges
Claude Brasseur ... Serge
Roger Pigaut ... Jérôme
Arlette Bonnard Arlette Bonnard ... Gabrielle
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Francine
Sophie Daumier ... Esther
Éva Darlan ... Anna (as Eva Darlan)
Nadine Alari ... La gynécologue
Vera Schroeder Vera Schroeder ... Françoise
Pierre Semmler Pierre Semmler ... Patrick (as Peter Semler)
Barbara Rix Barbara Rix
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Christian (as Jean-François Garreau)
Yves Knapp Yves Knapp ... Martin
Nicolas Sempe Nicolas Sempe ... Maurice (as Nicolas Sempé)
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A simple story about simple people. A 38 year old divorced woman (Marie), who now has a lover (Serge) but decides to leave him, abort his baby, and then returns with her ex-husband (Georges). Their daily life and of their friends, who have the same typical problems. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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...it could be yours

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Weak and shapeless
27 June 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

This was the fifth and last collaboration of Romy Schneider and Claude Sautet. Sautet did for her what von Sternberg did for Marlene Dietrich--gave her star quality in well-written vehicles. Cesar et Rosalie and Les choses de la vie are wonderful to watch today; they have pace and drama, plenty of verve. Une Histoire simple, by contrast, has little drama, slack pace and characters you don't get involved with. The group dynamic-the characters all working in the same company-lowers the interest. It's a film made to please a feminist segment of the population, like Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman.


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