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Au plus près du paradis (2002)

People and life can be cruel, and in their face, Fannette is cool: toward an old acquaintance, to her daughter, to colleagues. Beneath the surface, she roils with passion for a lost love, ... See full summary »

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Tonie Marshall

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Tonie Marshall (scenario and dialogue), Anne-Louise Trividic (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Fanette
William Hurt ... Matt
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Bernard
Hélène Fillières ... Lucie
Gilbert Melki ... Alain
Nathalie Richard ... Brigitte
Emmanuelle Devos ... Jeune femme cinéma
Paulina Porizkova ... Mary Rafelson
Noémie Godin-Vigneau Noémie Godin-Vigneau ... Carole
François Arnal François Arnal ... Himself
Patrice Chéreau ... Pierre
Daniel Pommereulle Daniel Pommereulle ... L'éditeur
Christian Cloarec Christian Cloarec ... Videur cinéma
Ondine Desfosses Ondine Desfosses ... La petite fille
Thomas Beckett Thomas Beckett
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People and life can be cruel, and in their face, Fannette is cool: toward an old acquaintance, to her daughter, to colleagues. Beneath the surface, she roils with passion for a lost love, Philippe. She watches "An Affair to Remember" again and again, and when she receives a letter from Philippe asking her to meet him atop the Empire State Building, she swoons. She's writing a book on an aged painter, so she organizes a trip to New York ostensibly to secure photographs of some of his pieces. The publisher assigns her a photographer, Matt, on the surface spontaneous and flip, but also aggressive about his attraction to her. Will she be with the one she loves? Will she smile? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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France | Spain | Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

20 November 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Aproape de paradis See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

References An Affair to Remember (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Tu mi delirio
Written by César Portillo de la Luz
Performed by Étienne Daho
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Unpretentious fun, gorgeous cities and women...
10 May 2006 | by PaskySee all my reviews

I just LOVED this movie. Pity I saw it on my (tiny!) TV. I wish I could have seen it in a real theater, on a huge screen. Paris, New York and Deneuve are gorgeous, dialogs and music are fantastic, and the light is beautiful. OK, the story is a little bit patchy, but who cares? You just watch this movie like you read a John Irving novel: you don't care if it's not a masterpiece, you just enjoy it! My biggest problem with this movie was the fact that they decided to dub the second half of the film. Even if Deneuve is dubbing herself quite well, it looks and sounds strange... Maybe Hurt's French wasn't good enough? For the rest, I found that all these "satellites" that evolve around Deneuve are just great: her doctor/lover who comes to check on her heart, her lesbian daughter who seems more mature than her own mother, her colleague who keeps crying because her lover left her (but who can't help noticing Fanette's beautiful shoes), her alcoholic brother whom she doesn't judge. And all these bits and pieces from Leo McCarey's 'An Affair to Remember'... The beauty of the film comes from this amazing paradox: it's a star who plays this 'weak' and lonely woman who is herself fascinated by movie stars. A beautiful present to a beautiful actress.


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