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Love Unto Death (1984)

L'amour à mort (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 September 1984 (France)
Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Resnais

Writer:

Jean Gruault (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sabine Azéma ... Elisabeth Sutter
Fanny Ardant ... Judith Martignac
Pierre Arditi ... Simon Roche
André Dussollier ... Jérôme Martignac
Jean Dasté ... Dr. Rozier
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Anne Jourdet
Jean-Claude Weibel Jean-Claude Weibel ... Le spécialiste
Louis Castel Louis Castel ... Michel Garenne
Françoise Rigal Françoise Rigal ... Juliette Dotax
Françoise Morhange Françoise Morhange ... Mme Vigne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Voice (voice)
Yvette Etiévant ... Voice (voice)
Bernard Malaterre Bernard Malaterre ... Voice (voice)
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Storyline

Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to grapple with the possibility of his death. They eventually tell their close friends Jérôme and Judith Martignac about the event. The Martignacs are both clerics, and Judith has just been giving a funeral service for a villager who committed suicide, though Jérôme would have nothing to do with suicide... Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

There is at least a red and/or black item in every interior scene, since the color red stands for love and black for death. See more »

Goofs

Around 12.40 in the film, when Elisabeth picks up some papers from the floor, standing in front of a mirror and after wards walks to Simon, you can see someone in the mirror pulling the camera. See more »

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troubling but somewhere too long
24 April 1999 | by DubmanSee all my reviews

Perfect cast for a few-person drama. Simon is dead but somehow resurrects from outside. What he had seen there is displayed in form of blank spots orchestrated to a magnificent score by German avant-garde composer Werner Henze. Simon is haunted by his death, comforted by support of death people he'd seen on the other side. His girlfriend tries to hold him to life but failing to, decides to follow him after his finally occurring death. Very touchy and moving, deeply psychological, but a bit slow and somewhere even boring.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 September 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Unto Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Uzès, Gard, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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