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God Is Great and I'm Not (2001)

Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite (original title)
Michèle, 20 years old, feels terrible after having broken up with her boy-friend. She meets Francois, who's a veterinarian and jewish. Michèle decides to convert into Judaism because she ... See full summary »

Director:

Pascale Bailly

Writers:

Alain Tasma (screenplay), Pascale Bailly (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Michèle
Edouard Baer ... François
Julie Depardieu ... Valérie
Catherine Jacob ... Evelyne
Philippe Laudenbach ... Jean
Cathy Verney Cathy Verney ... Florence
Anna Koch Anna Koch ... Régine
Max Tzwangue Max Tzwangue ... Simon
Mathieu Demy ... Bertrand
Atmen Kelif Atmen Kelif ... Ali
Nelly Camara Nelly Camara ... Laetitia
Jean Reichman Jean Reichman ... Joseph
Bruno Slagmulder Bruno Slagmulder ... Fred
Lucien Melki Lucien Melki ... Laurent
Nathalie Levy-Lang Nathalie Levy-Lang ... Jessica
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Michèle, 20 years old, feels terrible after having broken up with her boy-friend. She meets Francois, who's a veterinarian and jewish. Michèle decides to convert into Judaism because she has to believe in something, if not in someone. Written by anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

26 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

God Is Great and I'm Not See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$823,662 (France), 28 September 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,850, 10 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,464, 29 December 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

François: You doing okay?
Michèle: Yeah, I'm a Buddhist now.
François: Then you're doing fine. What's that involve?
Michèle: Lots of meditation... You've gotta work toward enlightment, nothingness.
François: That's tough.
Michèle: Yes, all of this positive energy is exhausting.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, François says, "Michelle, did you do that on purpose?" See more »

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References Shoah (1985) See more »

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Starts and Stops: A Movie Trying to Find A Story
17 September 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

'Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite' is a little film by Pascale Bailly that spends a lot of time trying to tell a story in bits and pieces with numerous characters, interesting in and of themselves but confusing to the viewer, attempting to keep up with the breakneck speed of this French comedy. The saving grace is the presence of Audrey Tautou and a few other actors whose screen magnetism holds our interest.

Fresh from a breakup with a boyfriend Bertand (Mathieu Demy) top model Michèle (Tautou) is a wreck of a person flirting with all manner of religious outlets (Hindu, Buddhism, Catholicism, etc) trying to find something to make her crazy life make sense. She encounters a veterinarian François (Edouard Baer) who is a secular Jew (non-practicing, closeted, etc) and not only does she fall immediately into bed with him (and a next morning attempted suicide!) she begins to stalk him trying to embrace Judaism - a fact that at first drives François away and then a little mad himself. The manner in which Michèle and François study Judaism and all its graces and restrictions is (I think) the basis for the rest of the story: the filming technique of flashbacks and fragmentary moments and cutesy scribblings on pages are paced to confuse and make this simple story a maze to follow! Along the way we meet some interesting types including Valérie (Julie Depardieu) who opens her door to her first psychology patient (Thierry Neuvic) and promptly falls in love with him; Ali (Atmen Kelif) who is Michèle's nutty fashion photographer and a number of others. There are funny moments, touching moments, absurd moments, but they are loosely strung together. In the end this is a fun film in which it is a bit trying to connect all the dots! In French, English, and Hebrew with subtitles. Grady Harp


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