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París Tombuctú (1999)

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 »

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Jorge Berlanga (as Jorge García-Berlanga), Javier G. Amezúa | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 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
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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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Spanish

Release Date:

10 September 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Pariis Timbuktu See more »

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€301,122 (Spain), 10 September 1999, Limited Release
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Final movie of Luis García Berlanga. See more »

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

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Some anarchism should be good for you
7 November 1999 | by yazanSee all my reviews

An aging Parisian beauty surgeon, who cannot stand it, or himself, any more, decides to go to Tombuctu, to disappear from civilized life. He is lucky and goes to Calabuch instead. This Mediterranean village created in 1956 by director Luis Garcia Berlanga has been revamped with spare parts from the Freedonia of Groucho March and brought up to date. One gets to know a large bunch of dissimilar characters who take life easy. Sex, food, and personal relations are the major pursuits. The story, if there is any, is a succession of visual and verbal punch lines which follow one another so closely that one does not have the time to recover. No component of society escapes this satire unscathed, but the worst ridicule is heaped upon servants of Church and State. If you feel injured by some of the blows, you are probably a normal person, but if you do not enjoy most of them, your case is serious, not even Calabuch can save you.


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