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Tombés du ciel (1993)

A traveller who has lost his passport in a Paris airport while between flights is restricted to a special transit zone. There he finds a group of similarly lost people hiding out and living... See full summary »


Philippe Lioret


Philippe Lioret (scenario), Michel Ganz (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Arturo Conti
Marisa Paredes ... Suzana, la femme d'Arturo
Ticky Holgado ... Serge
Laura del Sol ... Angela
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Knak
Ismaïla Meite Ismaïla Meite ... Zola
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Monsieur Armanet
José Artur José Artur ... Le marchand de journaux
Olivier Saladin Olivier Saladin ... Le restaurateur
Claude Derepp Claude Derepp ... Bébert, le planton (as Claude Dereppe)
Jacques Mathou ... Policier contrôle 1
Christian Sinniger Christian Sinniger ... Policier contrôle 2
Yves Osmu Yves Osmu ... Policier commissariat
Dimitri Radochevitch Dimitri Radochevitch ... Le chauffeur du car
Pierre Laplace Pierre Laplace ... Inspecteur commissariat


A traveller who has lost his passport in a Paris airport while between flights is restricted to a special transit zone. There he finds a group of similarly lost people hiding out and living from hand-to-mouth, reliant on their ingenuity to survive. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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S'il n'avait pas perdu son passeport tout ca ne serait jamais arrive...


Comedy | Drama




France | Spain



Release Date:

23 February 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En tránsito See more »

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1.66 : 1
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La nostalgie - Daleko tan
(La chanson du car)
Musique: Jeff Cohen / Lyric: Alexandre Czastkiewicz
Chanteur polonais: Alexandre Czastkiewicz
Jeff Cohen, Piano
Carol Robinson, Clarinette
Xavier Gagnepain, Violoncelle
Alexis Galpéline, Violin
Frédéric Daverio, Accordéon
L'ensembre orchedtre: "Harmonia Nova"
Dirigé par Didier Bouture
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What really matters in life
11 October 2016 | by shunsuke-amanaiSee all my reviews

I like this film and watched it several times.

In this story, Arturo, the main character(a wealthy Canadian French living in Italy, played by Jean Rochefort) is thrown into a situation where he has only the minimal procession, no money, but only some space to lie down in a room with a kitchen, surrounded by strangers (two men and a woman and a child).

He was on his way back to Italy from Canada, and, having lost his passport, was restricted to the transit zone at the Paris international airport. There, as long as one manage to go out within the facility, you have all the resources (say, wild rabbits for trade with an airport restaurant to earn some cash to go by).

Totally unexpectedly, he experienced true friendships through interactions with these strangers living there for one reason or another, in a span of few days into the New Year's Day.

The story is beautifully crafted (but not overdoing it - beauty of the French film). A brief and adventurous excursion to the city of Paris on the New Year's Eve is very touching thanks to beautiful images and music.

This film is great for the kids as episodes are funny. It is also great for the grownups as it shows What really matters in life is relationships with others.

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