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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.


Catherine Breillat
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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


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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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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6 April 2003 | by Sebastian-20See all my reviews

I've never seen a Catherine Breillat movie until this one was broadcasted. People tend to say that what she makes is pornographic, but it is so much more than that. Even during the sex-scene's there's a lot of talking going on. Sarah Pratt as Alice reminds me of Isabelle Huppert, a bit cold and distant, but she and Gilles Guillain did a great job in acting. Overall a very good movie shot on a low budget!

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.70 : 1
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