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Up, Down, Fragile (1995)

Haut bas fragile (original title)
Adventures of three young women in a hot and lazy Paris in summer.


Jacques Rivette


Laurence Côte (scenario), Marianne Denicourt (scenario) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Denicourt ... Louise
Nathalie Richard ... Ninon
Laurence Côte Laurence Côte ... Ida
André Marcon ... Roland
Bruno Todeschini ... Lucien
Wilfred Benaïche Wilfred Benaïche ... Alfredo
Marcel Bozonnet Marcel Bozonnet ... Man in the stairway
Philippe Dormoy Philippe Dormoy ... Le complice de Ninon
Enzo Enzo Enzo Enzo ... La chanteuse
Pierre Lacan Pierre Lacan ... Recordshop seller
Stéphanie Schwartzbrod Stéphanie Schwartzbrod ... Lise
Christine Vézinet Christine Vézinet ... Estelle
Anna Karina ... Sarah (avec)
László Szabó ... Le père de Louise (voice) (as Laslo Szabo)
Alain Rigout Alain Rigout ... La victime de Ninon


The film follows the story of three girls in contemporary Paris. One searches for her lost mother since she knows she's adopted. The other has come out of a coma and needs to have a love relationship aside from his mysterious father. The third one is a crook who redeems herself through love. The action is commented by songs and dance routines. Written by robervil

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Les nofuragés volontaires
Lyrics by Kent (as Kent Cokenstock)
Music by François Bréant
Performed by Enzo Enzo with basse : Laurent Cokelaere - guitare : Bruno Dandrimont - batterie : Emmanuel Lacordaire - trombone : clarinette et saxophone : Pierre Mimeran - claviers : Bertrand Richard
disponibles sur l'album "Deux", distribution R.C.A./B.M.G. - France
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Good modern French film
13 March 2002 | by Daniel KarlssonSee all my reviews

You can trust Rivette. The New Wave is not dead! Fresh and enlightening, definitely not boring (despite the Rivette-standard-length). People in Paris during summertime whose stories link together. A sort of ball of yarn that unrolls more and more as you go on watching. The dancing scenes are top-notch. Good Paris views. Any fans of the New Wave films should not miss this film; Anna Karina has a pretty big role and she does it good as ever. She has aged though, as you will see. My favorite scene is in the end when the camera shows inside Karina's house and one of the walls is filled with old posters of Karina. And she says something like: don't bother about that old rubbish.

I'll vote it a 4 out of 5. Watchers unfamiliar with French films in general and The New Wave in particular maybe won't find it very interesting though.

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Release Date:

12 April 1995 (France) See more »

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Paris, France

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1.78 : 1
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