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Looking for Cheyenne (2005)

Oublier Cheyenne (original title)
Cheyenne, a journalist, decides to leave Paris after being laid off and to settle down in the middle of nowhere, far from the society she hates.The trouble is that she leaves Sonia, her ... See full summary »

Director:

Valérie Minetto

Writers:

Valérie Minetto (screenplay), Cécile Vargaftig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mila Dekker Mila Dekker ... Cheyenne
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Sonia
Malik Zidi ... Pierre
Luc Leclerc du Sablon Luc Leclerc du Sablon ... Le voisin (as Luc Leclerc Du Sablon)
Christine Dory Christine Dory ... La voisine
Guilaine Londez Guilaine Londez ... Béatrice
Pierre Hiessler Pierre Hiessler ... Le prof
Laurence Côte Laurence Côte ... Edith
Éléonore Michelin Éléonore Michelin ... Sandy
Aurélie Léon Aurélie Léon ... Cindy
Michèle Humbert Michèle Humbert ... La SDF
Max Athanase Max Athanase ... Le paysan
Miglen Mirtchev ... Vladimir
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Storyline

Cheyenne, a journalist, decides to leave Paris after being laid off and to settle down in the middle of nowhere, far from the society she hates.The trouble is that she leaves Sonia, her true love, behind. The latter, a teacher who loves her job, refuses to give up everything -including her comfort- to follow her. Sonia makes all the efforts in the world to forget Cheyenne, whether in the arms of Pierre, a charming anarchist, or in those of Béatrice, a gay woman who soon proves perverse and dangerous, only to realize that her heart belongs to Cheyenne and nobody else. If Cheyenne does not come back, Sonia feels life is not worth living any longer... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 March 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Looking for Cheyenne See more »

Filming Locations:

Arc sous Cicon, Doubs, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165, 9 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$788, 20 January 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Well done, Miss Minetto !
29 April 2006 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

The title is intriguing: what on earth is this film going to be about? When the first pictures appear on the screen they don't tell you much yet but at once captivate you by their strangeness and beauty: at a crossroads, in the night, a traffic light turns from red to green to red again and so on. Underneath, a lying figure stirs: it must be a homeless person. A ghost car crosses the frame and vanishes, then another. The cars multiply in the once deserted street. Meanwhile the traffic light invariably goes red, green, red, green... At last the homeless person - a woman it appears -wakes up and gets up while the opening credits roll against the newspaper she had been lying on as a backdrop. There is no specific answer to the initial question. The viewers still wonder: will this visually superb introduction give rise to a socially committed work (as the presence of the homeless woman suggests) or to an aesthetic one (judging from the elaborate colors, frames,geometrical shapes)?

Both actually, as they soon find out, and much more, since "Oublier Cheyenne" is about politics, philosophy, sex and love, and - a crucial point - NEVER AT THE EXPENSE OF ART AND STYLE. Given its subject, Valérie Minetto's film could be boring, moralizing and dry but the filmmaker never forgets art, sensitivity and originality. Any minute of this film is beautiful (the image -both mental and real- of the galloping horse), unexpected (with its characters going through walls, addressing the camera or speaking in the mind of others), relevant (the bitter portrait of our society crushing the individual) and moving (the true love that unites Sonia and Cheyenne in spite of everything).

And let's not forget Aurélia Petit's intense performance nor Malik Zidi's endearing charms. This is for sure one of the best French art films shown lately. Well done Miss Minetto!


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