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Alice and Martin (1998)

Alice et Martin (original title)
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A young man starts an affair with a woman - his brother's friend. Their relations are being tested because of obscure secrets hidden in the past.

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André Téchiné

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Alice
Alexis Loret Alexis Loret ... Martin Sauvagnac
Mathieu Amalric ... Benjamin Sauvagnac
Carmen Maura ... Jeanine
Jean-Pierre Lorit ... Frederic Sauvagnac
Marthe Villalonga ... Lucie
Roschdy Zem ... Saïd
Pierre Maguelon ... Victor Sauvagnac
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Francois Sauvagnac
Jeremy Kreikenmayer Jeremy Kreikenmayer ... Martin - Child
Kevin Goffette Kevin Goffette ... Christophe
Christiane Ludot Christiane Ludot ... Laurence
Véronique Rioux Véronique Rioux ... Musician 1
Corinne Hache Corinne Hache ... Musician 2
Mauricio Angarita Mauricio Angarita ... Musician 3
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Storyline

At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They start a passionate relationship, although Martin remains very mysterious about his past and the reasons why he left his family. But when Alice tells him she's pregnant, he is suddenly almost driven to madness, as his past comes back to his mind. Alice will now do anything she can to help him. Written by Billy

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Taglines:

If life is a trap, love is the escape.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Spanish | German | English

Release Date:

4 November 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice and Martin See more »

Filming Locations:

Grenada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$500,896

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,896
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Alice: Absence is the best way to distinguish real love from a flash in a pan.
Martin Sauvagnac: But I still prefer presence.
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Soundtracks

Laura's Theme
Written & Performed by Craig Armstrong
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What makes Martin run?
6 September 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Andre Techine is a director that likes to portray the problems young people are facing, which seems what attracted him to "Alice et Martin", a film that gives us a strange take in how the past catches up with a young man that challenged his father's authority. The screen play is by Olivier Assayas and Gilles Taurand, two men that have had written better things for the cinema.

The film's opening sequence is puzzling since we have no clue as to what makes Martin run away from home. This seems to be a disjointed way to make the film work, because even though we might guess what could have happened, when the final truth comes about, we just don't care about it.

Then there is the problem of Alice's attraction for Martin. Alice is a woman that seems to know what she wants. She is older than the young guy that comes into her life, and should have been wiser to avoid, at all costs, but she falls for him, anyhow.

Basically, what attracted us to the film was Juliette Binoche, an actress that is always interesting to watch. Unfortunately, because our lack of interest in the story, we stop caring about her long before we get to know what really happened. Alexis Loret is a weak choice for Martin. Mathiew Amalric and Carmen Maura fare better in their supporting roles.

"Alice et Martin" is a slow moving film that will get in the nerves of viewers. Better luck to M. Techine in his next effort.


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