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The Eighth Day (1996)

Le huitième jour (original title)
An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

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Jaco Van Dormael
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Harry
Pascal Duquenne ... Georges
Miou-Miou ... Julie
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Le directeur de la banque
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... la mère de Georges
Michele Maes Michele Maes ... Nathalie (as Michèle Maes)
Fabienne Loriaux Fabienne Loriaux ... la soeur de Georges - Fabienne
Alice van Dormael Alice van Dormael ... Alice
Juliette Van Dormael ... Juliette
Marie-Pierre Meinzel Marie-Pierre Meinzel ... La vendeuse du magasin du chaussures
Sabrina Leurquin Sabrina Leurquin ... La serveuse du snack
Laszlo Harmati Laszlo Harmati ... Luis Mariano
Alain Bougnet Alain Bougnet
Magali Cote Magali Cote
Jean Désert Jean Désert
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Storyline

Georges has Down's syndrome, living at a mental-institution. Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two children with her. This weekend his children came by train to meet him, but Harry, working as always, forgot to pick them up. Neither his wife nor his children want to see him again and he is driving around on the country roads, anguished and angry. He almost runs over Georges, on the run from the institution since everybody else went home with their parents except him, whose mother is dead. Harry tries to get rid of Georges but he won't leave his new friend. Eventually a special friendship forms between the two of them, a friendship which makes Harry a different person. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

Belgium | France | UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,397, 9 March 1997

Gross USA:

$416,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,031,984
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pascal Duquenne has Down syndrome, like his character Georges. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [fed up with Georges] Get out! Go find some other sucker to help you out!
[leaves Georges in the rain. He eventually comes back]
Harry: Put this on, you'll get soaked and chill.
[puts his coat on Georges]
Georges: [overjoyed] You like me!
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Soundtracks

Qui sait, Qui sait, qui Sait (Quizás, Quizás, Quizáz)
Music by Osvaldo Farrés
Lyrics by Jacques Larue (French version)
Performed by Luis Mariano
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Two very different persons with two very different lives meet on their two very different ways
28 March 2005 | by ken_leySee all my reviews

This film is close to be my favorite piece of celluloid. There is really not much I'd need or want to say here. Except maybe "See this film" and "Enjoy the excellent work by Daniel and Pascal", who carries you through this neat, funny and heartbreaking story about 'spending your eighth day' - your own day!

Seeing this film made me think seriously about how I spend my eighth day = my life! It appears, that some of us are wasting precious time doing things we think we need to do. Either if it's pleasing a career or just consuming TV-shows and ballgames. What we tend to miss is the satisfaction of being something for another person - make a difference. About taking room and time to be spontaneous and live - NOW! (on the eighth day)... At least that was what I got from 'The Eighth Day'.


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