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Les fantômes de Louba (2001)

Louba never knew her father and lost her mother when she was five years old. Placed in a host family, she meets Jeannie, a pretty and sensual girl. But, haunted by her past, Louba is unable to express her emotions and her need for love.

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Martine Dugowson

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Martine Dugowson, Gianguido Spinelli (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Zylberstein ... Louba
Camille Japy Camille Japy ... Jeannie
Jean-Philippe Écoffey Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Serge
Eric Defosse Eric Defosse ... Charlie
Bertie Cortez Bertie Cortez ... Nathan
Jean Vergnet Jean Vergnet ... Alexandre
Liliane Rovère ... Paula
André Journo André Journo ... Maurice
Julia Levy-Boeken ... Louba as a teenager
Vahina Giocante ... Jeannie as a teenager
Sylvain Jacques Sylvain Jacques ... Charlie as a teenager
Elisabeth Catroux Elisabeth Catroux ... Rita, the host mother
Jean-Yves Duparc Jean-Yves Duparc ... André, the host father
Alice Montrobert Alice Montrobert ... Louba, as a child
Claire Andréani Claire Andréani ... Jeanie, as a child
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Louba never knew her father and lost her mother when she was five years old. Placed in a host family, she meets Jeannie, a pretty and sensual girl. But, haunted by her past, Louba is unable to express her emotions and her need for love.

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 February 2001 (France) See more »

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Canal+, IMA Productions See more »
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Richer & deeper on second viewing
7 July 2001 | by maple-2See all my reviews

I saw this film twice, about six months apart under two different titles: Les Yeux Baissés & Les Phantomes de Louba. I'm glad that it had two titles, because I never would have bothered to see the first film again. This is a story in two parts, a long remembrance of childhood and early teen years, followed by the tale of confusion and revenge as late twenties "adults".

On first viewing, I wrote: "Clunky, but solid exploration of identity by daughter of holocaust survivor". Most of the acting seemed acceptable, but the transition from the childhood story to the adult story seemed forced and clunky. I was not always aware that the adult characters were the same people that we had seen as teenagers.

The second viewing, the characters seemed richer, The transitions were more clear, and the subtleties of neediness and love were more prominent in the adult revenge story.

Still, the most vivid and touching performance was by Julia Levy-Boeken, as the 13 year old Louba.


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