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Merci la vie (1991)

Camille, a naive schoolgirl meets an intiguing influence in Joelle, a slightly older and much more experienced spirit. Camille follows her new friend through the discovery of sex and the ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Blier

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Bertrand Blier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Camille Pelleveau
Anouk Grinberg ... Joëlle
Michel Blanc ... Raymond Pelleveau (Young Father)
Jean Carmet ... Raymond Pelleveau (Old Father)
Annie Girardot ... Evangéline Pelleveau (Old Mother)
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... SS Officer
Catherine Jacob ... Evangéline Pelleveau (Young Mother)
Gérard Depardieu ... Doctor Marc Antoine Worms
Thierry Frémont ... François
François Perrot ... Maurice, the Film Director
Yves Rénier ... Robert, the guard
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... 2nd Film Director
Anouk Ferjac ... Mother in clinic
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... Producer
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Craven, the Depositer
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Camille, a naive schoolgirl meets an intiguing influence in Joelle, a slightly older and much more experienced spirit. Camille follows her new friend through the discovery of sex and the darker side of life. As the film progresses Camille discovers Aids and the fear that she may have picked up the disease in her early encounters. Written by x-static <x-static@dial.pipex.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Thank You, Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Hérault, France See more »

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Dolby

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Buffet froid (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Capriccio sinfonico
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo
Conducted by Claudio Scimone
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When I first saw this flick, I thought it was 20 years ahead of its time.
9 March 2000 | by patate-2See all my reviews

When I first saw this flick, I thought it was 20 years ahead of its time. Nine years later, I'd like to review the "20" part of it. Say "30" instead. It was an important flick for me. A reflection on cinema, reality and time. I remember reading a "Letter to the editor" in the local paper (La Presse) in which the "reader" expressed his disgust for the film. Nothing is disgusting about it. "Challenging" maybe. "Disturbing". Never "Disgusting", unless one is disgusting by the story of a young woman spreading an imaginary mortal sexually transmissible disease for the local doctor to prosper.

Of course, since and before, other experiences were made, but this one is not to be overlooked. A must.


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