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Light Years Away (1981)

Les années lumière (original title)
A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

Director:

Alain Tanner

Writers:

Daniel Odier (novel), Alain Tanner
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Cast overview:
Trevor Howard ... Yoshka Poliakeff
Mick Ford ... Jonas
Bernice Stegers ... Betty
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Lawyer
Odile Schmitt Odile Schmitt ... Dancer
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ... Thomas
Louis Samier Louis Samier ... Trucker
Johnny Murphy ... Man in bar (as John Murphy)
Gerard Mannix Flynn Gerard Mannix Flynn ... Drunken boy (as Mannix Flynn)
Don Foley Don Foley ... Cafe owner
Gerry O'Brien ... Bar owner (as Jerry O'Brien)
Vincent Smith Vincent Smith ... Cop
Gabrielle Keenan Gabrielle Keenan ... Girl at village dance
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A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

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An old man with a secret... A young man seeking an answer...

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This was Alain Tanner's first feature film in English. See more »

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A journey to the center of the self
4 February 1999 | by Lolita SSee all my reviews

If you ever have the opportunity to watch this movie, do not miss it! I have seen it four times, between 1980 and 1986, and I wish I could see it again, but it is not available to rent. Jonas'creator Alain Tanner leads us in this movie through Daniel Odier's wonderful metaphorical story of a simple young man, who decides to say yes and go to encounter his redemption. An opportunity to see how the relationship between two completely different men develop in beautiful and tender scenes and without noticing it to reflect about what to be human is all about...


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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years Away See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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