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If the Sun Never Returns (1987)

Si le soleil ne revenait pas (original title)
In a mountainside village, where the sun never shines in winter, the old prophet Anzevui announces that, in this year 1937, war will break out and the sun will never shine again. The ... See full summary »

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Claude Goretta
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Vanel ... Anzevui
Philippe Léotard ... Arlettaz
Catherine Mouchet ... Isabelle Antide
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... Denis Revaz
Claude Evrard Claude Evrard ... Follonier
Gérard Darier Gérard Darier ... Lucien
Jacques Mathou ... Cyprien Metrailler
Julien Verdier Julien Verdier ... Martin Metrailler
René Bériard René Bériard ... Le curé
Annick Brard Annick Brard ... Gabrielle
Marc Brunet Marc Brunet ... Un garçon
Philippe Dormoy Philippe Dormoy ... Un garçon
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ... Eugénie
Charles Gleyvod Charles Gleyvod ... père Antide
Marina Golovine Marina Golovine
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In a mountainside village, where the sun never shines in winter, the old prophet Anzevui announces that, in this year 1937, war will break out and the sun will never shine again. The village is divided into two camps: those who resign themselves to the news, such as Arlettaz who drowns his sorrow in alcohol, and those who keep the torch of hope alight, such as Cyprien who sets out to find the sun. He returns exhausted but a young girl, Isabelle, takes up his struggle, followed by other villagers who have not lost hope. They will greet the rising sun which the dying Anzevui will never see. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

September 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gdyby slonce nie powrócilo See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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A village in the dark
3 August 2005 | by tallardSee all my reviews

I saw this a long time ago, back when it came out and I was working at the repertory cinema, so I can't give you many details, but I remember it to be a very atmospheric film. After now having lived in the Yukon, I better understand what it is to lack light. The characters were well developed and the movie hums along with questioning about village life, happiness and hope. I liked the cinematography most, of course it was always dark, but the villagers' homes seemed very remote and you got the sense that this was going on in another sphere of life (well, I was young when I saw it). I can't imagine it even being available on video, because it's definitively not action packed! A film worth seeing.


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