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Les âmes fortes (2001)

At a wake one night in 1945, a group of aged women recall the life of one of their number. Sixty years before, Thérèse was barely 20 years old when she eloped with her boyfriend, Firmin, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Ruiz

Writers:

Jean Giono (novel), Alexandre Astruc (screenplay, adaptation and dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laetitia Casta ... Thérèse
Frédéric Diefenthal ... Firmin
Arielle Dombasle ... Madame Numance
John Malkovich ... Monsieur Numance
Charles Berling ... Reveillard
Johan Leysen ... Rampal
Edith Scob ... Première femme veillée
Christian Vadim ... Le pasteur
Carlos López Carlos López ... Le muet
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Thérèse âgée
Jacqueline Staup Jacqueline Staup ... Deuxième femme veillée
Corine Blue Corine Blue ... Jeune femme veillée
Aimé Lebedel Aimé Lebedel ... Vieux chanteur
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Charlotte
Marc Dantes Marc Dantes ... Forgerons
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At a wake one night in 1945, a group of aged women recall the life of one of their number. Sixty years before, Thérèse was barely 20 years old when she eloped with her boyfriend, Firmin, a blacksmith, to Châtillon, a town in Provence. Here, she makes the acquaintance of the wealthy Madame Numance, who is known for her good deeds. Realising that Thérèse is pregnant and unemployed, Madame Numance insists that she moves into a house on her estate. Whilst Firmin resents the arrangement, Thérèse soon finds that she can exploit the situation, using her benefactor's naivety and generosity for her own gain.. Written by unknown

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Belgium | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 May 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Agries psyhes See more »

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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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All about sleep...
20 May 2001 | by vostfSee all my reviews

There is much hype surrounding the release of les Ames Fortes in France due to the starring debut of Laetitia Casta as the main character.

We can understand very well what has appealed to the 23 year-old model: the movie, freely adapted from a Giono novel, tells the story of a peasant girl who will discover and use her personal attraction on men and women as she goes to town.

What could have made a good story turns very boring as Ruiz lacks a sense of tempo and seems unable to craft a good end to the movie.

This movie is not worth two hours of your time, even if you are a Casta fan.


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