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Force majeure (1989)

Philippe and Daniel go on vacation to southeast Asia, where they meet Hans, a resident of the area who acts as their patron and guide. Before they leave to return to Paris, the two present ... See full summary »

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Pierre Jolivet
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Bruel ... Philippe
François Cluzet ... Daniel
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Katia
Alan Bates ... Malcolm Forrest
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Jeanne
Thom Hoffman ... Hans
Lucienne Hamon Lucienne Hamon ... Philippe's mother
Marc Jolivet Marc Jolivet ... Le jouralliste, Le Guen
Hidde Maas Hidde Maas ... The lawyer
Betty Assenza Betty Assenza ... Gloria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tina van Baren Tina van Baren ... Maitre D'
François Basset François Basset ... Student
Stéphane Bielikoff Stéphane Bielikoff ... Receptionnist
Luang Ham Chau Luang Ham Chau ... The old man
Sandra Grasset Sandra Grasset ... Little girl
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Philippe and Daniel go on vacation to southeast Asia, where they meet Hans, a resident of the area who acts as their patron and guide. Before they leave to return to Paris, the two present Hans with a gift of their leftover native hashish. A year and a half later, an Amnesty International lawyer shows up and informs them that Hans was arrested and imprisoned for drug possession shortly after their departure, and is now condemned to death. Philippe and Daniel have an opportunity to help Hans by confessing their deed to the authorities, sharing blame for the crime and accepting prison terms. Additional pressure is applied by Hans' former girlfriend, the argument being that the life at stake is Hans'. Phillipe and Daniel maintain that their lives are at stake as well. Written by Fifi <tresbelle@worldnet.att.net>

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Ils ont 5 jours pour devenir des heros.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 April 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncontrollable Circumstances See more »

Filming Locations:

Madagascar See more »

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Production Co:

C.A.P.A.C., Fildebroc See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Strong, moving and clever !
25 March 1999 | by PhroggySee all my reviews

This one really caught me by surprise. The plot is marvelous, the characters extremely well-drawn, and everything is strong enough to be suspenseful without relying on cheap effects. Chock-full of humanity, this is not politically correct stuff, nor a Midnight Express rip-off (I like this one better !). The idea of putting together two mirror-image character (One has everything to win through his ordeal, the other one everything to lose) is unforgettable. When you reach this level of gut-wrenching quality, one wonder halfway through : will the end be worth it ? AND the last minutes are even better than the movie itself.


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