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La crise (1992)

When Victor finds out one morning that his wife had left him and that she had forgotten to at least buy milk for the Kids, he finds that things can only get worse. Having also been fired ... See full summary »

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Coline Serreau

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Coline Serreau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Lindon ... Victor Barelle
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Michou
Zabou Breitman ... Isa Barelle (as Zabou)
Maria Pacôme ... Mme Barelle
Yves Robert ... M. Barelle
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... Mamie
Gilles Privat Gilles Privat ... Laurent
Michèle Laroque ... Martine
Christian Benedetti Christian Benedetti ... Paul
Nanou Garcia Nanou Garcia ... Sophie
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Tania
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Françoise
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Monsieur Laville
Marie-France Santon Marie-France Santon ... Madame Laville
Laurent Gamelon ... Didier
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Storyline

When Victor finds out one morning that his wife had left him and that she had forgotten to at least buy milk for the Kids, he finds that things can only get worse. Having also been fired from his job on the very same day, he ends up searching through a list of friends and family for someone who will listen to his grief and give some advice. The only person who does give him attention is a rather clumsy and not too intelligent street pauper called Michou. Victor finds Michou irritating and only finally comes to see him in a positive light when he starts to realise that his insensitivity to those closest to him has been major reason for all his troubles. Written by Javert5

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Things can only get better.

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 December 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Crisis-Go-'Round See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Victor's Mother: Et alors moi, ta mère, j'aurais pas le droit d'avoir une belle histoire de cul?
[And so I, your mother, should not be allowed to have a beautiful sex affair?]
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"Musique Trio no 3 en ut mineur
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Daria Hovora and Claude Mollet
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A picaresque journey through the France of the 90s
12 January 2002 | by nicverSee all my reviews

This movie gives a good view, although somewhat distorted, of France in the 90s.

A man in his mid-life crisis loses his wife, his kids and his job the same day. He then goes through a picaresque journey with a nitwit side kick he finds on his way and whom he decides to help.

The man, played by a very good Vincent Lindon, meets friends, friends of friends, and relatives, and realizes what the true reasons of his failures are.

Everybody is going through his own crisis and the main character realizes that everybody's life sucks (or does it really?)

This film treats about every social problems in our modern societies: solitude, lack of love, lack of work, lack of understanding, lack of appreciation.

Some of the characters are a little bit cliches, but most of them give a very very good interpretation. I also think that the cliches are very acceptable because the whole atmosphere of the movie is very surrealistic.

Look out for the scene with the parents. It's my personal favorite.


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