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Brief Crossing (2001)

Brève traversée (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 April 2002 (USA)
A young French man and an older English woman spend one night together on a ship.

Director:

Catherine Breillat
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sarah Pratt Sarah Pratt ... Alice
Gilles Guillain Gilles Guillain ... Thomas
Marc Filipi Marc Filipi ... Magicien
Laëtitia Lopez Laëtitia Lopez ... Assistante magicien
Marc Jablonski Marc Jablonski ... Cuisinier du self
Christelle Dacosta Christelle Dacosta ... Douanier Français
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Vieil anglais
Franck Lemaitre Franck Lemaitre ... Serveur de la boite
Philippe Quaisse Philippe Quaisse ... Photographe
Jean-Claude Cavelier Jean-Claude Cavelier ... Serveur de la boite
Alexandre Le Balidec Alexandre Le Balidec ... Douanier Français
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Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or trivial. A brief crossing, perhaps an initiatory trip. Filming a guy's "first time", filming him like a girl. Gut level skin deep... Nostalgia for vast ocean liners, for places "beyond the law" where you can venture outside of life, safe within an interlude. Describing a passion while respecting classical tragedy's unity of time and place, setting the stage for the eternal play of Masculine/Feminine. A hot-blooded Latin temperatment versus an apparently cool English one. A ship - one night - Sudden intimacy between an Englishwoman whose complexion is frosted by bitterness and a teenager whose gaze glows like ardent coals. Written by Catherine Breillat

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

29 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brief Crossing See more »

Filming Locations:

Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France See more »

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Color

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1.70 : 1
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Alice: With you lot, it's all or nothing. You either wake up triumphantly, or you go back to sleep instantly. It's bestial.
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Two ships passing in the night
15 January 2005 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Brief Crossing" is all about a 30 something woman and a 16 year old boy who meet during a ferry journey across the English channel. As the ferry takes us from La Havre to Portsmouth, the characters meet, shop, drink, dance, have sex, and ultimately part at their destination. Superficially, "Brief Crossing" is not much of a film. It has marginal production value, a cast of two, and a meager story. However, as a relationship film it is finely nuanced with a very natural ebb and flow of conversation, body language, evinced emotion, and human interaction. Not for everyone, this worthy addition to auteur Breillat's resume will be most appreciated by French film devotees. (B-)


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