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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 »

Director:

Robert Guédiguian

Writers:

Jean-Louis Milesi (scenario and dialogue), Robert Guédiguian (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Ascaride ... Jeannette
Gérard Meylan ... Marius
Pascale Roberts ... Caroline
Jacques Boudet 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,711, 12 December 1997

Gross USA:

$284,607, 21 February 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jeannette: Old people should be shot at birth.
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Les quatre saisons
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by Camerata Academica Salzburg (as Camerata Academia Salzburg)
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One Out Of Three isn't bad
28 January 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

To set a film in and/or around Marseilles and name one of the two eponymous characters Marius is to invite direct comparison with the great Marcel Pagnol and his own great trilogy Marius, Fanny and Cesar (now available as a boxed set from FNAC and though expensive a 'must' for any serious film buff) and without seeing the film the feeling is that Guediguian is either throwing down the gauntlet or paying homage to Pagnol. After seeing the film it is evident that the latter obtains.This was probably the first Guediguian entry - all top-billing his wonderful wife Ariane Ascaride and all set in/around Marseilles - to reach an international audience and what a way to start. You may balk at this director's obsession with downtrodden workers and bloated capitalists but he does have the good sense and/or decency to sugar the pill with an unforgettable love story - indeed it could be subtitled ironically Love Among The Ruins as the protagonists meet in the ruins of a cement works where Marius is employed as a watchman and Jeannette attempts to steal some paint. In an attempt at symmetry there are three couples involved - with the exception of Marius they are neighbors in a shabby project and when I say that one of them is the great Jean-Pierre Darroussin hip movie-goers will need no more prompting to check this one out. Not that Marius in the shape of Gerard Meylan is any slouch if anybody asks you, in fact this trio comprised the menage a trois in Guediguian's last release (two more are in post-production as I write) Marie-Jo And Her Two Loves, and though Darroussin is very much a supporting player here he makes his presence felt. It is impossible to overpraise this movie. I caught it on its initial release and was overwhelmed, I've just purchased my own copy and if anything it is better on a second viewing and will still be giving pleasure long after this season's popcorn specials have faded from the mindless audiences memory banks. 9/10


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