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Une simple histoire (1959)

A woman arrives in Paris with her little girl to look for work. With limited funds and no luck, they end up penniless, homeless and dependent on the rare kindness of strangers.

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Marcel Hanoun

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Marcel Hanoun (scenario)
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Raymond Jourdan Raymond Jourdan ... Monsieur Jean
Gilette Barbier
Madeleine Marion Madeleine Marion
Maria Meriko Maria Meriko
Max Delon Max Delon
Elizabeth Huart Elizabeth Huart ... Sylvie, Daughter
Micheline Bezançon Micheline Bezançon ... Mother
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A woman arrives in Paris with her little girl to look for work. With limited funds and no luck, they end up penniless, homeless and dependent on the rare kindness of strangers.

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French

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September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Inspired by an item on the back page of a newspaper
15 November 2002 | by maple-2See all my reviews

Shot in 16 mm in Paris & its suburbs and co-produced by French television on a very low budget. This was inspired by an item on the back page of a newspaper. The essence of the film is captured by its first person voice-over commentary, and was considered "one of the few genuine masterpieces in the entire history of cinema" by film theorist Noel Burch. The film is not available in English translation, either dubbed or subtitled. But it works very well in simultaneous translation, if prepared in advance.


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