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Après la vie (2002)

In the final chapter of director Belvaux's trilogy, Pascal, now a disgraced cop, seeks redemption by capturing Bruno, a fugitive with a strange connection to Agnes, Pascal's heroin-addicted wife.

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Lucas Belvaux

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Blanc ... Agnès Manise
Gilbert Melki ... Pascal Manise
Ornella Muti ... Cécile Rivet
Catherine Frot ... Jeanne Coste
François Morel ... Alain Costes
Lucas Belvaux ... Bruno Le Roux
Bernard Mazzinghi Bernard Mazzinghi ... Georges Colinet
Olivier Darimont Olivier Darimont ... Francis Rivet
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Jacquillat
Alexis Tomassian Alexis Tomassian ... Banane
Yves Claessens Yves Claessens ... Freddy
Pierre Gérard Pierre Gérard ... Olivier
Christine Henkart Christine Henkart ... Madame Guiot
Jean-Henri Roger Jean-Henri Roger ... Le voisin incendie
Marc Bordure Marc Bordure ... Le flic stup
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Storyline

The final installment in director Lucas Belvaux's trilogy follows Pascal, a cop who sees a return to credibility in the capture of escaped convict Bruno--who in turn is harbored by Pascal's morphine-addicted wife Agnes. Pascal's already precarious ties to Agnes are strained further when he meets and falls for her fellow schoolteacher friend Cecile. With Pascal focused on Bruno and Cecile, Agnes is forced to find a fix on her own. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Diaphana Films [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 January 2003 (France) See more »

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Trilogy: Three See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,528, 16 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,165, 20 June 2004
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Forms a trilogy along with Cavale (2002) and Un couple épatant (2002), the main characters of this one being the supporting actors in the other ones, and vice versa. The three movies have some scenes in common which are shown from a different point of view according to the storyline we're following. See more »

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In the credits, Catherine Frot is credited for playing Jeanne Costes, and Ornella Muti for playing Cécile Rivet. During the movie, Frot's character is caller Jeanne Rivet, and Muti's character is called Cécile Costes. See more »

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Follows Cavale (2002) See more »

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A trio of films that should be seen en masse...?
1 May 2004 | by culturedogsSee all my reviews

Lucas Belvaux's trilogy of films is meant to be taken as one multi-faceted unit, and is best viewed as such. The first (as I saw them), "On the Run," was a `thriller,' with Lucas Belvaux as a terrorist escaped from prison to settle scores and look up an old flame (Catherine Frot). In that film, there were the first glimpses of events in the romantic comedy, "An Amazing Couple." The trilogy ties up with this character study (or `melodrama'), "After the Life" ("Après la vie"), about the relationship between a pathetic and suffering drug-addicted teacher (Dominique Blanc) and her down on his luck and co-dependent cop husband (Gilbert Melki). The thriller was hobbled a bit by it's involvement with the other interwoven stories, but the romantic comedy and `melodrama' work fine as stand alones, and are even enriched by the angles explored and explained by the other films. All three should be seen together. Or, as a friend of mine has supposed, maybe I should just rent Kieslowski's `Three Colors' trilogy instead…?


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