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...à la campagne (1995)

Living a peaceful life in a house in the country surrounded by his friends is a lifestyle Benoît has opted for on mature reflection. One day, Lila, a young woman, arrives in Brionne, the ... See full summary »


Manuel Poirier


Manuel Poirier


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Benoît
Judith Henry Judith Henry ... Lila
Sergi López ... Pablo
Jean-Jacques Vanier Jean-Jacques Vanier ... Gaston
Serge Riaboukine ... Emile
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Mylène (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Laure Duthilleul Laure Duthilleul ... Françoise
Élisabeth Vitali Élisabeth Vitali ... Cathy
Céline Poirier Céline Poirier ... Céline
M. Vanheule M. Vanheule ... Céline's father
Diane Valsonne Diane Valsonne ... Florence
Véronique Delestaing Véronique Delestaing ... Nadine
Dorine Hollier Dorine Hollier ... Sandra
Vanille Attié Vanille Attié
Pierre Banderet Pierre Banderet


Living a peaceful life in a house in the country surrounded by his friends is a lifestyle Benoît has opted for on mature reflection. One day, Lila, a young woman, arrives in Brionne, the little town near which he lives, with a view to joining her sister. Benoît happens to chat her up and an intense, passionate love story is born. But also a love that challenges Benoît's choice of life, for Lila is not happy living in the country. One morning, Lila decides to leave Benoît and disappears. Benoît finds he is not so pleased with his lot as he used to since, despite the support of his his friends, he realizes that he suffers bitterly from Lila's absence... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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in the country, people try to seize these little things called love and happiness
19 April 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This effort from Manuel Poirier contains a few features typical from him, especially as far as the place of the story is concerned. As its title indicates, "in the country" takes place in the opposite side of the city and it is obviously a place where Poirier feels deeply attached to and which he seems to know like the back of his hand. The Norman country is rendered with accuracy and precision. The description the director makes of the inhabitants' manners and customs would virtually be worth of an entomologist's.

But where Poirier strikes is where he leads the spectator: to an unexpected progression. "In the country" has a surprising screenplay because it doesn't exactly obey a Cartesian logic and it doesn't submit to narratives conventions. Indeed, it changes story while keeping a homogeneous tone. In the beginning of the film, we believe that the movie will essentially concentrate on Lila's adventures in the little town of Brionne and its surroundings. It's true in the first part of the movie: she meets Benoit, falls in love with him and decides to stay in his house. But in the middle of the movie, she leaves him without any explanation (however, before that, Lila had let suggested in one sequence,in front of her sister that she didn't feel at home in Brionne and she wanted to leave). From then onwards, Lila disappears and Benoit becomes the main character. In spite of the support of his friends, he suffers from Lila's absence. Poirier chose this somewhat disconcerting structure for a better approach of his characters. By sketching them like Cédric Klapisch with irony and tenderness, the director listens closely to their problems whatever they are and I think the message he tries to convey is quite eloquent: the characters feel lonely deep inside them and search to take advantage as much as possible of precious positive things like love and friendship. Poirier demonstrates in a conclusive way that these two things are temporary but efficient cures against loneliness and sadness. On another extent, even in sad situations, the movie doesn't forget to include comical moments (when all the animals come into Benoit's house, it nearly looks like Noah's ark).

Overrall, this delicate and sensitive movie finds itself half-way between a portrayal of the customs and a praise to love and friendship. If you have seen and been enthusiastic about the reviving "Western" (1997) from the same Manuel Poirier, you may want to watch this film.

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5 April 1995 (France) See more »

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