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Armenia (2006)

Le voyage en Arménie (original title)
Barsam, Anna's father, is seriously ill. Before he dies, he would like to bequeath his daughter something : he would like to teach her doubt. As he flees to Armenia, he leaves many clues ... See full summary »

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Robert Guédiguian
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ariane Ascaride ... Anna
Gérard Meylan ... Yervanth
Chorik Grigorian Chorik Grigorian ... Schaké
Romen Avinian Romen Avinian ... Manouk
Simon Abkarian ... Sarkis Arabian
Serge Avedikian Serge Avedikian ... Vanig
Kristina Hovakimian Kristina Hovakimian ... Gayané
Madeleine Guédiguian Madeleine Guédiguian ... Jeannette
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Pierre
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Simon
Marcel Bluwal Marcel Bluwal ... Barsam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilbert Baronian Gilbert Baronian ... Ami Barsam
Marion Chamassian Marion Chamassian ... Professeur de danse
Pascal Chamassian Pascal Chamassian ... Professeur de danse
Albert Cherinian Albert Cherinian ... Ami Barsam
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Barsam, Anna's father, is seriously ill. Before he dies, he would like to bequeath his daughter something : he would like to teach her doubt. As he flees to Armenia, he leaves many clues behind him for Anna to find him. This obliged journey in an unknown country will become for Anna what her father expected it to be : an initiatory journey, a sentimental training, a brand new adolescence... It's in a little village, lost in Caucasian mountains, that she finally finds him, seated under an abricot tree in blossom... She will doubt her identity, her love, her commitments.

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Armenian

Release Date:

28 June 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Armenia See more »

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A search for a doubt instead of a certitude...
9 July 2006 | by auberusSee all my reviews

For weeks I wanted to see "Le voyage en Arménie" from Robert Guédiguian and finally I saw it… I've just realized I know Robert Guédiguian and saw 9 years ago another movie from him called "Marius et Jeannette", movie that indeed marked my heart.

"Le voyage en Arménie", is about Anna a French doctor sure of herself whose father is having hearts problem and decides to go back to Armenia his country of origin instead of having a surgical intervention. Anna who never really got along with her father and was never brought up within the Armenian culture decides to go to Armenia to look for him.

Now I can hear you saying: this is an Armenian movie for Armenian people… Well, let me respond that I am not Armenian and that it is more a true film made for real people.

In her "initiatic" journey Anna will encounter numerous characters that will help her understand a country, a culture, a dad. All over sudden nothing is certain anymore and Anna doubts herself, her choices, what she believes in...But in this doubt the certitude of what is important might very well emerge and "le voyage en Arménie" becomes a "voyage" not only into Anna but also into everyone of us…

Robert Guédiguian reinvents the meaning of the word beautiful by taking away the notion of plastic and replacing it by the notion of sincerity. In this task he is helped by terrific actresses and actors who seem to tell their own stories… "Le voyage an Arménie" is a beautiful movie, not only because everything from writing to editing perfectly serve the story, but also because all those elements trigger true emotions and make us realize what Cinema is all about…


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