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Return to the Beloved (1979)

Retour à la bien-aimée (original title)
Julien seeks to reconquer Jeanne, his ex-wife, of whom he is separated and who lives with another man. He is prepared to go far to make it happen.
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Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Jeanne Kern
Jacques Dutronc ... Julien
Bruno Ganz ... Dr. Stephan Kern
Christian Rist Christian Rist ... Detective Keller
Jean-François Adam Jean-François Adam ... L'inspecteur de police Corbin
Aline Bertrand Aline Bertrand ... Elise
Rodolphe Schacher Rodolphe Schacher ... Thomas
Axelle Bernard Axelle Bernard ... Isabelle
Irina Grjebina Irina Grjebina ... Le professeur de danse


Former concerto failed, Julien (Jacques Dutronc) has become an obscure pianist, living in addition, separated from his wife Jeanne (Isabelle Huppert) and his son Thomas. She has resumed her life with Dr. Stéphane Kern (Bruno Ganz) and all three live in the old house of Julien, "The Hesperides" he wanted to leave his son. Julien, accepting this situation badly, resorts to the services of a certain Keller to whom he asks photographs where he must necessarily appear with the couple Jeanne-Stéphane. Then, having summoned him one night in the property, Julien kills Keller, "robs" the house and voluntarily leaves one of the photographs taken by his former partner. Thomas will discover Keller's corpse. The police, she, discovered the photograph that is there to confuse the doctor, which obviously denies not knowing the victim. As for Julien, invited by Jeanne to take care of Thomas very shocked by his discovery, he gets stuck in the house and tries to win back his wife of yesterday. But ... Written by Jean-François Adam

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ex wife | doctor | pianist | See All (3) »


Drama | Romance

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Heavy going
23 February 2019 | by bjacobSee all my reviews

What would you do to get rid of your wife's new husband? The protagonist's answer is "quite a lot". The plot is interesting but marred by a certain inability of keeping up the tension, by a slow pace and by unremarkable performance of the protagonists, all in "ohh" and "ahh" but without the depth required by their supposed turmoil. Bruno Ganz does hovewer an excellent job of his modest part of decent man witnessing the unthinkable. Also, the atmosphere is pleasantly gothic. Georges Perec worked on the dialogues. Given the talent involved, this film could / should have been better. It remains watchable, but not much more.

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2 May 1979 (France) See more »

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Kärlek utan återvändo See more »

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