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Marius and Jeannette (1997)

Marius et Jeannette (original title)
Marius is the keeper of an abandoned cement works staying high above the quarter of l'Estaque in Marseilles. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone with her poor checkout operator ... See full summary »


Robert Guédiguian


Jean-Louis Milesi (scenario and dialogue), Robert Guédiguian (scenario and dialogue)
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Ascaride ... Jeannette
Gérard Meylan ... Marius
Pascale Roberts ... Caroline
Jacques Boudet ... Justin
Frédérique Bonnal Frédérique Bonnal ... Monique
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Dédé
Laetitia Pesenti Laetitia Pesenti ... Magali, Jeannette's Daughter
Miloud Nacer Miloud Nacer ... Malek, Jeannette's son
Pierre Banderet Pierre Banderet ... Monsieur Ebrard
Monique Meylan Monique Meylan ... Avec l'amitié de
Michèle Camizuli Bonneveau Michèle Camizuli Bonneveau ... Avec l'amitié de (as Michèle Camizuli)
Marc Bordure Marc Bordure ... Avec l'amitié de
Blanche Guichou ... Avec l'amitié de
Jacques Menichetti Jacques Menichetti ... Avec l'amitié de
Marie Darroussin Marie Darroussin ... Les enfants


Marius is the keeper of an abandoned cement works staying high above the quarter of l'Estaque in Marseilles. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone with her poor checkout operator salary. Their meeting won't be without trouble, since besides material difficulties, both of them are wounded by life. They have to learn how to be happy again. Written by Gregoire Dubost <Gregoire.Dubost@polytechnique.fr>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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When Jeanette is at Marius's place, they remove the foil wrap from a bottle of Pastis on the outside table. Then they get inside and we see the bottle fully wrapped on the table by the window. See more »


Jeannette: Old people should be shot at birth.
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Followed by Charge! (2000) See more »


Il pleut sur Marseille
Lyrics by Jean-Louis Milesi (as Milesi)
Music by Jacques Menichetti (as Menichetti)
(AGAT Blues)
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A pleasant French love story
5 April 2000 | by mctheimerSee all my reviews

This movie kind of reminded me of a cross between "Life is Sweet" (a humorous examination of the lower-middle class), "The Bridges of Madison County" (an examination of how middle aged people actually continue to have libidos and emotions), and a random French romantic love farce.

The director tries to give this film a political slant, showing the perils of capitalism in favor of socialism, and dedicates this film "to all of the workers of the world." Ignore it. Focus instead on the characters, most of whom are people much like people you have met in your life, with French sensibilities. The love story between the main characters is basically an excuse to get to know this small community of neighbors and show how they interact.

This is not one of the great films of all time, but I enjoyed it. It was a pleasant way to spend a little under two hours.

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Release Date:

5 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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