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Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

Daddy Nostalgie (original title)
PG | | Drama | May 1991 (USA)
The setting is the Riviera in autumn. A retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery but it has, apparently, done little to relieve his constant pain or improve his ... See full summary »

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

Colo Tavernier (story) (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagan), Colo Tavernier (dialogue) (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagan) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dirk Bogarde ... Daddy
Jane Birkin ... Caroline
Odette Laure Odette Laure ... Miche
Emmanuelle Bataille Emmanuelle Bataille ... Juliette
Charlotte Kady Charlotte Kady ... Barbara
Michele Minns Michele Minns ... Caroline, as a child
Sophie Dalezio Sophie Dalezio ... Nurse #1
Sylvie Segalas Sylvie Segalas ... Nurse #2
Hélène Lefumat Hélène Lefumat ... Dame Hopital
Andrée Duranson Andrée Duranson ... Yvonne
Raymond Defendente Raymond Defendente ... Jimmy
Fabrice Roux Fabrice Roux ... Fisherman
Gilbert Guerrero Gilbert Guerrero ... Garcon Restaurant
Louis Ducreux ... Mr. Metro
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Storyline

The setting is the Riviera in autumn. A retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery but it has, apparently, done little to relieve his constant pain or improve his long-term survival prospects. During his recuperation Caroline, his adult daughter, comes from Paris to be with him and her mother, Miche, and she and her father begin to communicate as adults for the first time. Written by Paul Berk <pbnyc@compuserve.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy Nostalgia See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,108,429
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Dirk Bogarde's final acting role before his death on May 8, 1999 at the age of 78. See more »

Crazy Credits

As the final song is "These Foolish Things" is heard, on the line "a cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces" the screen slowly fades to black and the words "À Michael Powell" scroll up the screen. 'Michael Powell' was a friend of and had worked with Tavernier and had recently died of cancer. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

These Foolish Things
Written by Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey
Performed by Jane Birkin and Jimmy Rowles
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Delicate limning of death
1 March 2003 | by gleywongSee all my reviews

This touching film bears up to repeated viewings for its subtlety and insight. I agree with all of the comments discussed by the two previous reviewers, Victoria and Les Halles.

By focussing on the "non-action" of daily life and daily conversation, Tavernier appears to present a nothing of a film, but in reality has captured something valuable and ephemeral -- the silent dialogue between a husband and wife after a long marriage and the discovery of love between a father and daughter, all of whom have to deal in their own way with his impending death.

The use as a coda of the haunting song "These foolish things remind me of you" as sung by Jane Birkin in her breathless voice has never been more apt. It should be noted from the credits that Tavernier dedicated this film to another cinema genius Michael Powell (of the team Powell & Pressberger). Like Powell, Dirk Bogarde, both in the film and in real life, was very English, but cosmopolitan in intellect and cultural tastes. These characteristics are brought out in Bogarde's portrayal and in Birkin's flashbacks of her early remembrances. The acting and inter-action of the three principals, Bogarde, Birkin and Laure, is so subtle as to not appear as such, again a tribute to their experience and rapport with the director.

For someone who has faced the recent death of a loved one, this film rings true, and the refrain from the song takes on a new dimension, not intended by the original lyricist.

*****Five stars for hitting its emotional target..


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