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Messidor (1979)

Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships, but ultimately find that there is no way back to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Tanner

Writer:

Alain Tanner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Clémentine Amouroux Clémentine Amouroux ... Jeanne Salève
Catherine Rétoré Catherine Rétoré ... Marie Corrençon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franziskus Abgottspon Franziskus Abgottspon
Gérald Battiaz Gérald Battiaz
René Besson René Besson
Hansjörg Betschart Hansjörg Betschart ... (as Hansjörg Bedschard)
Jürgen Brügger Jürgen Brügger
Walter Doppler Walter Doppler
Michel Fidanza Michel Fidanza
Claude Fleury Claude Fleury
Beat Fäh Beat Fäh
Arthur Grosjean Arthur Grosjean
Max Heinzelmann Max Heinzelmann
Hans-Ulrich Indermaur Hans-Ulrich Indermaur
Georg Janett Georg Janett
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Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships, but ultimately find that there is no way back to the world they once knew. Written by Mark Doran <za13@dial.pipex.com>

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Lied de Schubert
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Danielle Borst
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Move over, Thelma and Louise
25 January 2001 | by Caledonia Twin #1See all my reviews

Messidor is not only the original Thelma and Louise, in my opinion, it is far more realistic and believable in its plotting and action. I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Thelma and Louise. However, the film also shows more of the realistic but negative side of the life of fugitives... though the cinematography of Messidor is fantastic, with panoramic views of the Swiss countryside, some of the longer visual sequences may seem extraneous to those who might be anticipating non-stop action. Yet the game of adventure that the girls play lacks the aftertaste of Hollywood artifice, seeming truly spontaneous, natural, and creating a more lasting impact with the resulting consequences. Moreover, the film's dialogue and characterization are strong. Having seen Messidor, I can now understand why this film is considered a classic.


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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

14 March 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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