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Élisa (1995)

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now ... See full summary »

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Jean Becker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Paradis ... Marie
Gérard Depardieu ... Jacques 'Lébovitch' / Marie's father
Clotilde Courau ... Solange / Marie's friend
Sekkou Sall Sekkou Sall ... Ahmed / Marie's friend
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin ... Élisa / Marie's mother
Werner Schreyer Werner Schreyer ... Conductor
Michel Bouquet ... Samuel
Philippe Léotard ... Gitane Smoker
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Manina
Melvil Poupaud ... Pharmacist's Son
Olivier Saladin Olivier Saladin ... Kevin
Bernard Verley ... Entrepreneur
Reine Bartève Reine Bartève ... Grandmother
André Julien ... Grandfather
Gérard Chaillou Gérard Chaillou ... Claude Chapelier
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Storyline

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she blames for her mother's death. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 February 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Elisa See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$112,968
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Serge Gainsbourg. See more »

Soundtracks

Elisa
Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier
Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
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She's so bad
23 August 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

I don't think Jean Becker is a very interesting director; the two films I have seen--L'Été meurtrier and this one--don't show any great stylistic ability. You remember L'Été for Adjani's performance as an avenging angel, and Vanessa Paradis does the same thing here: she's a one-woman wrecking crew taking on greedy grandparents, the lesbian director of her orphanage, men looking for sex, in fact anybody who gets in her way.

The film stands or falls on the power and charisma of its star, and Vanessa Paradis doesn't disappoint. She is amazingly at ease in front of the camera, as befits a Lancôme model who also started singing at 14. No matter how tawdry the script gets--and that's plenty at times--she sails right through it. She even holds her own with Depardieu, the icon of French film.


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