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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 September 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Eterno 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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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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Somewhat interesting, but it's ruined by an annoying editing technique
9 March 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A Bergmanesque drama about mortality and religion. In the opening scene, Pierre Arditi dies in front of his girlfriend, Sabine Azema, but then miraculously comes back to life as if nothing happened. It changes his outlook on existence, and the two go through something of a spiritual journey. Their best friends (Fanny Ardent and Andre Dussollier), both pastors at their church, try to guide them via their religion, but they don't quite buy into the Christian views. This film certainly has its interesting points, and the acting is very good. The religious and philosophical discussions are a bit flat and certainly not up to Bergman's level. Whatever I could have enjoyed in this film, though, is absolutely ruined by a horribly annoying editing gimmick: the film is comprised of very short vignettes, which is fine, but when one of these scenes ends, the film cuts to a black background with snow (or perhaps dandruff) floating around in front of it. A pretty image, once, but these shots last anywhere from ten to thirty seconds, and this must happen a hundred times. I would say these snowy shots take up a good 30 minutes of this 90 minute film. To boot, they are accompanied by a loud, obnoxious, dissonant musical score. Resnais might as well have just shouted "BRECHT!" between each scene. At least it would have been faster!


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