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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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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,350, 23 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$498,106, 22 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

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

Woman of the World
Written by Neil Hannon
Performed by The Divine Comedy
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a film of two halves
30 December 1999 | by atmandaSee all my reviews

ah its not bad. There's a moment in every French film, where you suddenly think - but how can they afford all this. Thankfully, it does not come till half way through in this one, when Martin has spent up his modelling money and is going mad on a Spanish beach.

Luckily the best part is come at this stage, as Alice struggles to unravel Martin's messy past. The family especially Carmen Maura as the mum are excellent. You get a real feel for the bitterness and intimacy that a big family filled with secrets and lies generates.

You will have a bad time if you don't like Juliette Binoche though. The camera lingers on her in every shot. She is a good actress, but nowhere near as pretty as Techine (and many others) think.


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