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The Book of Mary (1985)

Le livre de Marie (original title)
Marie, eleven years old, is experiencing difficult times. Her parents will separate. The perception of her universe is profoundly disturbed. This exacting portrait of a child immerses in ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bruno Cremer ... Le Père
Aurore Clément ... La Mère
Rebecca Hampton Rebecca Hampton ... Marie
Copi Copi ... Le Voyageur
Valentine Mercier Valentine Mercier ... Petite Fille
Cléa Rédalier Cléa Rédalier ... Petite Fille
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Marie, eleven years old, is experiencing difficult times. Her parents will separate. The perception of her universe is profoundly disturbed. This exacting portrait of a child immerses in her books, her music, and her dancing casts a dispassionate yet ultimately touching eye on the girl's reaction to the new upheaval in her life. Written by lament

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Short | Drama

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 April 1985 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Book of Mary See more »

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JLG Films, Pégase Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Short film that serves as a prequel to the Jean-Luc Godard film Hail Mary (1985). See more »

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A film about Mum and Dad
5 February 2003 | by a-jackeSee all my reviews

There is a great quarrel between mother and father all the time.

The best scene in this short movie is, where Marie is hearing the 9 symphony from Gustav Mahler and she is dancing alone in the living room. She wanted to die and is lying on the carpet. This scene told us more about Mahler, than Viscontis film can do. Because, the reason why she wanted to die is not Thomas Manns "Dekadenz" his mixing up between eros and thanathos, his spleen between art and homosexuality. It's more easy and nearer on real life only the difference between her parents, their great conflicts. To miss harmony. She is so sad about it and the music told this too.

I like this short movie, who is in Germany and some other countries only shown together with J.L. Godards "Maria und Josef" (a very good movie about mothering).


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