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A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later (1986)

Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà (original title)
PG | | Drama, Romance | 15 August 1986 (USA)
Jean-Louis and Anne have had their fling and separated. Now 20 years have passed. He is still dating various women. She is now a big time director whose most recent film was a very ... See full summary »


Claude Lelouch




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anouk Aimée ... Anne Gauthier
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Louis Duroc
Richard Berry ... Richard Berry
Evelyne Bouix Evelyne Bouix ... Françoise
Marie-Sophie L. Marie-Sophie L. ... Marie-Sophie (as Marie-Sophie Pochat)
Philippe Leroy ... Professeur Thevenin / Professor Thevenin (as Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu)
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... Charlot
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor ... Self / Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
Thierry Sabine Thierry Sabine ... Thierry Sabine
Antoine Sire Antoine Sire ... Antoine
André Engel André Engel ... Le metteur en scène / Film director
Robert Hossein ... Robert Hossein
Jacques Weber ... Jacques Weber
Tanya Lopert ... Tanya Lopert
Nicole Garcia ... Elle-même jouant 'Deux sur la balançoire'


Jean-Louis and Anne have had their fling and separated. Now 20 years have passed. He is still dating various women. She is now a big time director whose most recent film was a very expensive bomb. She comes up with the idea of making a romance based upon her fling with Jean-Louis. She contacts him to gain his permission. Jean-Louis is still in racing and goes away for a desert rally while she begins filming. She finds the mood of their romance difficult to recapture in her film. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Tout a change... sauf leurs passions.


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My rating: 7
23 September 2013 | by kekcaSee all my reviews

Often it goes like this - big love come into existence and it is unshared. Often it goes also like this - the feelings between (at least) two lovers are not the same and start at a different point.

People say that is harder for the man to live through separation rather than a woman. He felt it in the beginning weakly but with time the lack becomes a pain and the pain - in crisis. It was absolutely opposite for the woman. In the beginning she felt awfully but with time compared to man she got on her feet in searching another rogue.

For good or for bad this movie makes this stereotype in pieces by showing the more realistic variant of a such possible experience. Was it because of the refinement of a cinema woman and (surprisingly) of a race driver or it was because of the soberness of the producer - this is what I do not know - but the movie was very real, charming, romantic till its end. Was it because of the samba of Vinicius or because the love of a blond - this is what I do not know.

Both protagonists, step back in front of the ambition to take main role in life, find equal language which lead them to the natural end of such adventure. But right then, the feelings which run through us, guiding us as we are their marionettes take part; the feelings of which we are slaves. With them the expected end becomes hard to be predicted.

What about twenty years later? Who knows? Who knows where will lead us our life path. Will it make clear our desires or will present to us new ones. In every case such a try to predict this end grows pale in front of the present intensity of sensual forgetfulness and dottiness but stays very good model of thinking plots, real or not.


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