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Paris-Timbuktu (1999)

París Tombuctú (original title)
The frustration and vital weariness of Michel des Assantes, a prestigious plastic surgeon in Paris, is unbearable: he has a wife whom he does not love, a son who is foreign to him and ... See full summary »


Jorge Berlanga (as Jorge García-Berlanga), Javier G. Amezúa | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Michel des Assantes
Concha Velasco ... Trini
Amparo Soler Leal ... Encarna
Juan Diego ... Boronat
Eusebio Lázaro Eusebio Lázaro ... Vicente
Javier Gurruchaga ... Gaby
Santiago Segura ... El Cura
Fedra Lorente Fedra Lorente ... Benilde
Antonio Resines ... Ciclista
Guillermo Montesinos ... Planas
Enrique San Francisco
Cristina Collado Cristina Collado ... La Alcaldesa
Alexis Valdés Alexis Valdés ... Dam
Manuel Alexandre ... Sento
Pilar Ortega Pilar Ortega


The frustration and vital weariness of Michel des Assantes, a prestigious plastic surgeon in Paris, is unbearable: he has a wife whom he does not love, a son who is foreign to him and friends whom he despises but, at the same time, he is incapable of taking his own life. One day, he buys a bike from a bizarre cyclist who was to make the Paris-Timbuktu route and sets out to make the journey: then, Timbuktu becomes for him the Promised Land. Written by jsanchez

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Concha Velasco lobbied heavily for her role on the movie, as she wanted to work with Luis García Berlanga for years. See more »


Featured in Berlanga, plano personal (2011) See more »


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More than punch lines
10 February 2003 | by rsnunezSee all my reviews

This movie is more than a chain of punch lines guided by some anarchist spirit. Yes, it certainly does some heavy criticism on almost every Spanish institution, but it also criticizes the rather absurd passion with which several societies (or countries if you want) built on the whole Y2K fever . The movie takes place precisely around that date and it provides a clever, acid, and up to a certain extent prophetic portray of the whole hysteria around the Y2K (it was filmed in 1999). The rather obsessive references to the corruption phenomenon in Spain and Europe are exaggerated but they reflect on different levels the way Spain found itself after all the corruption scandals of the last years of Felipe González as Prime Minister (Presidente de Gobierno). Yes, the jokes, the punch lines are all there. Some of them are rather offensive or plainly unbelievable, like the scene where the rebel nun fight s to "consecrate" a giant Paella, as if Catholics ever consecrate food (we can bless it, but we will hardly ever think about consecrating it, much less about "consecrating" it with holy water), but it depicts nicely the unfair position of nuns within the Church when compared to priests. The movie is fun and it provides a good insight on the many paradoxes of contemporary Spain and, for that purpose, of any contemporary society.

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