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Rue du retrait (2001)

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Credited cast:
Dominique Marcas Dominique Marcas ... Mado Bidois
Marion Held Marion Held ... Isabelle
Julien Féret Julien Féret ... Fred
Sacha Rolland Sacha Rolland ... Sophie
René Féret René Féret ... Paul
Pascal Berhault Pascal Berhault ... The doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Louis Allmayer Jean-Louis Allmayer ... Le pharmacien
Sara-Jeanne Drillaud Sara-Jeanne Drillaud ... L'infirmière
Pierre Guillemot Pierre Guillemot ... Le vigneron
Frédéric Hulne Frédéric Hulne ... L'électricien (as Frédéric Hulné)
Béatrice Lartigue Béatrice Lartigue ... Zira
Alice Sarfati Alice Sarfati ... La voisine
Poy Sim Poy Sim ... L'épicier
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French

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28 March 2001 (France) See more »

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Le journal d'une voisine See more »

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moving portrait of old age, and the growing relationship between a lonely and reclusive old woman and a 40ish self-sufficient businesswoman.
17 December 2006 | by smalkindSee all my reviews

Based on the Doris Lessing book, "The Diary of a Good Neighbour," this is a beautiful and quiet story of a gruff,lonely 90-year-old woman,Mado, and a 40-ish successful businesswoman, Isabelle. One day in a pharmacy, proud Mado (Dominique Marcas)requests a favor of Isabelle (Marion Held), who accompanies to her home on Rue du Retrait (a true street, with a meaningful name). Isabelle is shocked by Mado's decrepit that have neither tub, toilet or phone. She is drawn to what she has seen, and brings small gifts, and stays for visits that are little thanked by Mado. And yet the relationship slowly grows, surprising viewers by what occurs. Brings out the current need of elders for social support, and in many cases, financial as well. The issue of caregiving, which is an increasingly important issue in all countries today,is dealt with in a most humanistic way.


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