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Don't Cry Germaine (2000)

Pleure pas Germaine (original title)
After the dead of the eldest daughter, Germaine and Gilles and their children leave for a holiday in the mountains to restore their bond. However, the killer of their daughter also resides in those mountains and Gilles wants revenge.


Alain de Halleux


Claude Jasmin (novel), Alain de Halleux | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Rosa Renom ... Germaine Bedard
Dirk Roofthooft ... Gilles Bedard
Catherine Grosjean Catherine Grosjean ... Muriel Bedard (as Cathy Grosjean)
Benoit Skalka Benoit Skalka ... Albert
Iwana Krzeptowski Iwana Krzeptowski ... Janine
Simon de Thomaz Simon de Thomaz ... Ronald
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valérie Ancel Valérie Ancel ... Françoise
Dominique Baeyens
Sjarel Branckaerts Sjarel Branckaerts ... Duvivier
Jordi Cornell Jordi Cornell ... Doublier de Miguel
Agathe Cornez Agathe Cornez ... Nicole
Frederic Dailly Frederic Dailly ... Louis
Joan Dalmau ... Alfredo
Eva de Luis Eva de Luis ... Rolande
Julie Delort Julie Delort ... Lisa


Their eldest daughter dead, Gilles and Germaine are close to breaking point. So they pack up the bare essentials in their old van and leave Belgium with their children, two teenagers and two little twins. Germaine is hoping to rebuild her family in the mountains where she was born, the Spanish Pyrenees. But Gilles has found out that his daughter's suspected killer is hiding out in those very same mountains and he is looking for vengeance. Faced with Gilles' doubts and distress, Germaine always responds with love. And as they travel through France and Catalonia, faith gradually returns to bond the family together again. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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Belgium | France | Spain


French | Catalan

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Cry Germaine See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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"I'm not the man I thought I was"
23 October 2005 | by Travis_Bickle01See all my reviews

"Pleure pas Germaine" tells the story of Gilles, Germaine and their kids. A while ago, they lost their oldest daughter Rolande. Suicide or murder? The police doesn't know, but Gilles believes she was murdered. Of course, that theory was never been proved. Although they don't speak very often about the loss, it's always there.

The movie certainly isn't a classic drama of a dysfunctional family who has to deal with the death of a child. It's not a movie in the same style as "La Stanza Del Figlio" or "In The Bedroom". "Pleure pas Germaine" isn't melodramatic. There are next to several moving scenes also funny and hilarious scenes as well. Those two little kids are great, although their part is rather small. The other members of the cast are terrific as well, especially Dirk Roofthooft. He is very talented and he gives an amazing performance as Gilles, the father.

I don't know why this movie only has a 6.1 rating. It deserves much better. I really loved this movie. A laugh, a cry... "Pleure pas Germaine" has it all. Certainly worth watching!


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