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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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Storyline

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:

FRF 25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,159,747 (France), 7 September 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,324, 28 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,266, 8 February 2004
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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

Je Tire ma Révérence
Music by Pascal Bastia
Lyrics by Pascal Bastia
Performed by Jean Sablon
(p) & © 2001 Nord-Ouest Productions
License exclusive: EMI Music France
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Margarine, aka Bull Butter
11 June 2003 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Wonderful, subtle French film that displays the nuances of quiet desperation of the young and fear of loneliness and death of the elderly. Make no mistake, the venerable Michel Serrault MAKES this movie! He is downright remarkable as Adrien, the long time farmer, who sells is farm to the young city girl played well by Mathilde Seigner. Many excellent scenes including awkward moments for all. The ridiculous comments about cruelty to animals during the filming is not worthy of mention. This is a fact of life on a farm and obviously the cow scenes were real life - not created for the film. The pig scene, may be painful to watch, but effectively makes the point of life and death on a farm - just like the goat birth scene. As far as the rabbit, give me a break, we see a live bunny and then one being prepared for dinner. This can happen in any restaurant on a daily basis. Yes the hang glider was a bit too much, too often, but I loved the Volvo, the Weimeramer and the "dumb" goat. Very personal film with much insight into human nature at all ages.


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