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Nearest to Heaven (2002)

Au plus près du paradis (original title)
A mature woman restores the romantic events of her youth.


Tonie Marshall


Tonie Marshall (scenario and dialogue), Anne-Louise Trividic (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Carole
François Arnal François Arnal ... Self
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


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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Good Concept for a Movie
26 August 2003 | by chrissy_dean07See all my reviews

I liked the concept of this movie, especially when it includes clips from one of my all time favourite movies "An Affair to Remember." Catherine Deneuve plays a hopeless romantic, who is trying to reunite with the love of her life that she had when she was young. The story takes place in France and in the US. The only problem with this movie is the language inconsistency. I would have liked it to either be all in English or all in French. Having to switch back and forth takes away from the movie. It might not be one of her best films, but it is entertaining. The chemistry between the actors is very real and adds to the story. All in all it is an okay movie.

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Release Date:

20 November 2002 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


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2.39 : 1
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