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Olivier, Olivier (1992)

R | | Drama | 3 March 1993 (USA)
Olivier, the nine-year-old son of Elisabeth and Serge, a country veterinarian, vanishes one afternoon on the way to his grandmother's house. The emotional aftermath of his disappearance ... See full summary »

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Agnieszka Holland, Agnieszka Holland (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Quiring Frédéric Quiring ... Marcel
Faye Gatteau Faye Gatteau ... Nadine petite
Emmanuel Morozof Emmanuel Morozof ... Olivier petit
Brigitte Roüan Brigitte Roüan ... Elisabeth
François Cluzet ... Serge
Carole Lemerle Carole Lemerle ... Babette petite
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... L'inspecteur Druot
Jean-Bernard Josko Jean-Bernard Josko ... Le flic
Lucrèce La Chenardière Lucrèce La Chenardière ... La voisine
Madeleine Marie Madeleine Marie ... La grand-mère
Françoise Lorente ... La droguée
Alexis Derlon Alexis Derlon ... Micky
Grégoire Colin ... Olivier
Mathias Jung Mathias Jung ... Simard
Marina Golovine Marina Golovine ... Nadine
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Storyline

Olivier, the nine-year-old son of Elisabeth and Serge, a country veterinarian, vanishes one afternoon on the way to his grandmother's house. The emotional aftermath of his disappearance sends his father packing from France to Africa and nearly destroys his mother, who clings to her remaining child, Nadine, and her devoted neighbor, Marcel. Several years later, having relocated to the city, the police investigator who handled the case meets a Paris rent boy whom he believes to be the missing Olivier. Once he returns to his rural home, the teenager Olivier tries to assuage his mother's now-entrenched grief and heal the rift between his reunited parents. Meanwhile, he must overcome his brooding, adolescent sister's jealousy and doubts about his identity and reconcile his sleazy street life with his picturesque new surroundings. Questions about the tight-lipped Olivier's true motivations continue to crop up, however, threatening to send his mother over the edge for good. Written by Rotten T.

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Life is never as innocent as it seems.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Connections

References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Boris Godounov
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Music by Modest Mussorgsky (as M. Moussorgski)
(from the movie Boris Godounov (1989) directed by Andrzej Zulawski)
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haunting
3 May 2005 | by jhardy-2See all my reviews

A lot of people say that a major flaw of this movie is the odd powers of the sister, and when I first saw this movie I thought exactly that. Now that it's been about a year, I think that these powers, and how they aren't explained or dealt with in any way is amazing story telling. I don't think this movie is meant to make perfect sense, some people just don't understand that life itself makes no sense. The supernatural powers help create a tone that is haunting and beautiful. It's the style of the movie that makes it great. Most movies are completely forgettable, but this one stays with you and is so sad and wonderful. Also see Jean de Florette.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Оливье, Оливье See more »

Filming Locations:

Vendée, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,154,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,154,476
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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