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Mademoiselle (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 March 2001 (France)
Claire is a young woman who leads a somewhat formatted life. Pierre is an improviser, but not an actor. Brief encounter, brief romance, doomed or not, who can say? When things like that happen, you act on the spur of the moment.

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Philippe Lioret
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Claire Canselier
Jacques Gamblin ... Pierre Cassini
Isabelle Candelier Isabelle Candelier ... Alice Cohen
Zinedine Soualem ... Karim Coutard
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Gilbert Frémont
Patrick Mercado Patrick Mercado ... Nounours
Philippe Beglia Philippe Beglia ... Philippe Carioux
Maryvonne Schiltz Maryvonne Schiltz ... Elisabeth Carioux
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... Henri Blasco
Blandine Pélissier Blandine Pélissier ... La pharmacienne (as Blandine Pelissier)
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Villeval
Alain Cauchi Alain Cauchi ... Granier
Pierre-Jean Chérer Pierre-Jean Chérer ... Beaulieu (as Pierre-Jean Cherer)
Emmanuel Courcol Emmanuel Courcol ... Arthuis
Olga Grumberg Olga Grumberg ... Louise
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Claire is a young woman who leads a somewhat formatted life. Pierre is an improviser, but not an actor. Brief encounter, brief romance, doomed or not, who can say? When things like that happen, you act on the spur of the moment.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El desliz See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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After Pierre rents a new hotel room and asks for the car keys in order to take Claire to the railway station the next morning, a microphone is clearly visible above his head. See more »

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A very sad romantic film
26 June 2008 | by freebird-64See all my reviews

I was able to see this film twice many years ago at a French Film Festival here in Manila and I feel I have to stand up for this film.

Admittedly the film is ultimately slight, neither very dramatic or romantic. It does not engage its audience in any profound way. Nor does it have any deep insights.

However, my lasting impression of "Mademoiselle" is its sense of overwhelming sadness, a feeling that you are living through something very special, an experience that will soon pass out of your life and that you will never regain. This sense is highlighted by the two scenes that bookend the film, which show Claire (Sandrine Bonnaire) in her car looking at the show poster, and then at the end driving away.

The specific scene from the film that I have never forgotten is a brief one in which Claire and her would-be lover Pierre (Jacques Gamblin) take a ride across the city on a borrowed motorcycle. One reviewer has commented that Sandrine Bonnaire's face reflects happiness very well and this quality is well used in this scene where she communicates her sheer joy at being in love and alive at that particular moment. Many of the specific details of the movie have already faded from my memory but I still remember that scene even after all these years.

In relation to this, I also remember a brief scene near the end when the counter girl calls Claire "mademoiselle" (miss), an indicator of how her one-night romance has brought her joy and, if only fleetingly, restored her youthfulness.

If only for this sense of sadness, Mademoiselle remains one of my fondness movie-going memories and one of my favorite romantic movies. It is a reminder of how transient moments of true magic are in our lives when weighted against the mundane routine of "real life".


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