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News from the Good Lord (1996)

Des nouvelles du bon Dieu (original title)
When novelist Alessandro Battavia commits suicide, a taxi driver named Evangile and her brother Nord believe they are characters imagined in a novel, probably one written by God. Because ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Marie Trintignant ... Evangile
Maria de Medeiros ... Karenine
Christian Charmetant Christian Charmetant ... Nord
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Jivago
Jean Yanne ... Louis-Albert Dieu
Isabelle Candelier Isabelle Candelier ... Edwarda
Artus de Penguern Artus de Penguern ... Salambo
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Ferdydurke
Mathieu Kassovitz
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin
Dany Brillant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laure Adler Laure Adler
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... (voice)
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch
Stéphane Ferrens Stéphane Ferrens


When novelist Alessandro Battavia commits suicide, a taxi driver named Evangile and her brother Nord believe they are characters imagined in a novel, probably one written by God. Because they see their lives as "merde," they go in search of God to get their story rewritten. Along the way, believing everything is imaginary anyway, they shoot people, rob pharmacies, and tie up the residents of places they squat. They also gather a taxi full of eccentrics, including a priest, Battavia's suicidal widow, and a policewoman; various couples pair off. Soon life imitates art: the events and ellipses seem lifted from modern fiction as the group's quest for God continues. What's real? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dieu existe... Helas, ils l'ont rencontre






France | Portugal



Release Date:

12 June 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Deus só Atende aos Domingos See more »

Filming Locations:

Amarante, Portugal See more »

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Production Co:

Program 33, M6 Films, GER See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby stereo)


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References a fake essay book, «Un bref désir d'éternité» by Louis-Albert Dieu, who appears to the group of people searching for God, wearing a uniform similar to that of a U.S. 7th Cavalry soldier. Dieu's character is played by Jean Yanne. See more »


En Route
Performed by The Red Army Choir (as Choeurs de L'Armée Rouge)
Written by Vassili Soloviev Seddi
Permission by Le Chant du Monde
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"News from the good lord" on DVD
11 February 2007 | by olegip-1See all my reviews

Is this movie available on DVD? I'd love to watch it again but can't find it on neither DVD nor VHS. I would even settle for French with no subtitles :) I think I'll learn French, just to see this movie :)

PS 1 Comment about the IMDb comments validation. Could not submit this comment with the French title! The page said "Spelling Error, please correct". Funny ha!?

PS 2 I am writing these two PS's so that I can submit the comment! The second error I am getting is saying that my comment isn't too long! Must be minimum 10 line of text!!?! What is this? Can't I be terse, laconic, brief, concise, succinct, straight to the point without having to write this unrelated garbage?

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