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The Little Apocalypse (1993)

La petite apocalypse (original title)
An unknown Polish writer can't publish his novels, so his ex-wife decides to help him and get some of the profit for herself. She finally finds a publisher, but there's a strange single condition that could cost the writer his life.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Dussollier ... Jacques
Pierre Arditi ... Henri
Jirí Menzel ... Stan
Anna Romantowska ... Barbara
Maurice Bénichou ... Arnold
Carlo Brandt ... Le kine
Henryk Bista ... Yanek
Jacques Denis Jacques Denis ... Doctor
Enzo Scotto Lavina Enzo Scotto Lavina ... Luigi
Chiara Caselli ... Luigi's Daughter
Jan Tadeusz Stanislawski ... Pitchik
Beata Tyszkiewicz ... Madame Pitchik
Olga Grumberg Olga Grumberg ... Assistante Docteur
Andréas Voutsinas ... Realisateur americain
Elena Gavras Elena Gavras ... Assistante realisateur
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An unknown Polish writer can't publish his novels, so his ex-wife decides to help him and get some of the profit for herself. She finally finds a publisher, but there's a strange single condition that could cost the writer his life.

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Country:

France | Italy | Poland | Austria

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 February 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Apocalypse See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Turkmenistan
La musique des Bakhshy
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Costa-Gavras disappoints with one of the decade's most overworked themes
13 July 1999 | by Guy33134See all my reviews

LA PETITE APOCALYPSE was quite a disappointment for me. I am an avid fan of this decade's most overworked political source of scripts: the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. As a lifetime student of political science, I am rarely bored even by films critics pan and deem unwatchable for mainstream audiences. Nevertheless, not even the Costa-Gavras pedigree of the film could sustain my interest in this total yawner of packaged cliches. I think Costa-Gavras' attempt at somehow making these cliches "cerebral" rendered the filming even less entertaining. Even tacky melodramas about Poles, East Germans, Russians, etc. portray this post-1989 "apocalypse" in a far more entertaining and educational way. This is, sadly, a work devoid of novelty, and full of banality. Don't be swayed by the famous director's name: skip this pretentious bore.


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