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The Girl from Paris (2001)

Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (original title)
Sandrine, a woman in her thirties gets tired of life in Paris and decides to leave her work in computers and become a farmer. She takes the required practice for two years, and after that ... See full summary »

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Christian Carion

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Adrien
Mathilde Seigner ... Sandrine Dumez
Jean-Paul Roussillon Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Jean
Frédéric Pierrot ... Gérard
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Stéphane
Françoise Bette Françoise Bette ... La mère de Sandrine
Christophe Rossignon Christophe Rossignon ... L'exploitant
Roland Chalosse Roland Chalosse ... Le barman
Achiles Francisco Varas dell'Aquila Achiles Francisco Varas dell'Aquila ... Barfly
Henri Pasquale Henri Pasquale ... Card player
Paul Courat Paul Courat ... Card player
Bernard Gerland Bernard Gerland ... Card player
Ramon Bertrand Ramon Bertrand ... Card player
Grazziela Horens Grazziela Horens ... Dark-haired girl
Vincent Borei Vincent Borei ... Dark-haired boy
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Sandrine, a woman in her thirties gets tired of life in Paris and decides to leave her work in computers and become a farmer. She takes the required practice for two years, and after that she buys an isolated farm from Adrien, an old farmer who decides it's time to retire. However, Adrien wants to stay a few more months before moving away from the farm, and the rough winter finds them together... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The sleeper hit that has already charmed more than 2 million French moviegoers.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl from Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Vercors, Drôme, France

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,280, 23 March 2003

Gross USA:

$183,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,812,396
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point the farmers tie a bottle to a pear tree and stick a small branch with a blossom inside. They do this so, in a few months, the result will be a full sized pear inside the bottle, much too big to have been put into the bottle in the usual way. One of the farmers uses it to make a bottle of a pear flavored alcoholic drink, with the pear still inside, and the bottle, pear, and drink appear late in the film when the two farmers and Sandrine have a drink together. See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
Performed by Pink Martini
(p) & © 2001 Nord-Ouest Productions
License exclusive: EMI Music France
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Just how many swallows do make a summer ??
18 April 2002 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

A stressed Parisienne decides to take up sheep-rearing in the Massif du Vercors, situated not far from Grenoble, France. She buys up a farmstead and the owner of the latter remains on site while waiting for transfer to a town. The film is basically about the tense relationship between the young lady played by Mathilde Seigner and the retired farmer played by Michel Serrault who generally tries to make life hard for her but eventually is taken with affection by the same young lady. I am no fan of Michel Serrault, but his performance in this film is excellent as is that of Mathilde Seigner. Although the script is limited in scope, the dialogues and development of the characters may be followed with pleasure by the spectator. The décors are magnificent as the film was made in natural surroundings so we see the mountains change in form and colour according to the passing seasons. I would strongly recommend the film to people of all countries as it has a very universal message. It may be noted that the film was made by someone who has a very rural background. It is now available on DVD in France and the editor has taken the unusual (but welcome) step of including English Subtitles on the DVD. The title is a play on words because the expression `Une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps' = `One Swallow doesn't make a Summer'. So it's as if you were saying ` One Swallow has Made the Summer' ! This film deserves to be successful outside France, unlike many of the other mediocre productions of that country today !


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