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To Paint or Make Love (2005)

Peindre ou faire l'amour (original title)
An affluent, middle-aged couple's uneventful lives are forever changed when they move into an isolated house in the country and befriend an odd, younger couple.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sabine Azéma ... Madeleine Lasserre
Daniel Auteuil ... William Lasserre
Amira Casar ... Eva
Sergi López ... Adam
Hélène de Saint-Père Hélène de Saint-Père ... Julie
Philippe Katerine Philippe Katerine ... Mathieu
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Suzanne
Roger Miremont ... Roger
Jacques Nolot ... Michel
Marie-Pierre Chaix Marie-Pierre Chaix ... Annick
Florence Loiret Caille ... Élise (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
Thiago Telès Thiago Telès ... Joao
Philippe Suner Philippe Suner
Cécile Reigher Cécile Reigher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henri Behar-Thinières Henri Behar-Thinières
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Storyline

Happily married, faithful to each other, and still very much in love, the middle-aged couple of the early-retired meteorologist, William Lasserre, and his successful businesswoman wife, Madeleine, enjoy a well-ordered life, now that their only daughter has moved to Italy. But, Madeleine is also a skilful painter--and during one of her usual walks in the alpine Vercors region--not only will she stumble upon the town's sophisticated blind mayor, Adam, but also the picturesque rural farmhouse that would become the pair's new dream home. Obviously, things couldn't be better for the Lasserres; however, when calamity strikes Adam and his charming young wife, Eva, it's only natural that the disaster-stricken neighbours would taste a slice of William and Madeleine's warm and lavish hospitality. Just until they get back on their feet.. Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 August 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pintar ou Fazer Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Grenoble, Isère, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Eva: It's been so long since anyone saw me...
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Les Marquises
Written by Jacques Brel (uncredited)
Performed by Jacques Brel
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Works by stealth
14 May 2009 | by bob998See all my reviews

This is a very good little film that starts off enigmatically (I thought I was watching something by Rohmer from his Green Ray period) and gets better and better as it goes along. Daniel Auteuil and Sabine Azéma play very well together (their first pairing; I hope there will be more) and Sergi Lopez and Amira Casar are also good as the couple who make swinging look so easy. William and Madeleine are mid-50s, their daughter is getting married in a couple of months so they are facing an empty nest with a little trepidation. Adam and Eva enter their lives and quickly establish an emotional dependency on the other couple's part. It is this dependency and not the sex that becomes decisive for William and Madeleine.

This is the first feature by the Larrieu brothers that I have seen; it is very promising. They know how to create an emotional atmosphere without camera tricks or an annoying sound track. I advise men with heart problems to skip the scene with Hélène de Saint-Père: when she takes her dress off she reveals a truly astounding body.


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