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Three Days and a Life (2019)

Trois jours et une vie (original title)
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Christmas 1999, in a peaceful little village in the Ardennes. The life of a young boy named Antoine will soon be devastated by three tragic events : the death of a dog, the vanishing of a child, and a big ravaging storm.


Nicolas Boukhrief


Pierre Lemaitre (novel), Pierre Lemaitre (scenario and adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Blanche Courtin
Pablo Pauly ... Antoine Courtin
Charles Berling ... Michel Desmedt
Philippe Torreton ... Docteur Hubert Dieulafoy
Margot Bancilhon ... Emilie Desmedt
Jeremy Senez Jeremy Senez ... Antoine Courtin - 12 ans
Dimitri Storoge Dimitri Storoge ... Gendarme Lambert
Arben Bajraktaraj ... Andreï Kowalski
Yoann Blanc ... Monsieur Mouchotte
Igor van Dessel Igor van Dessel ... Théo Mouchotte
Murielle Texier Murielle Texier ... Jeanne Desmedt
Pauline Sakellaridis Pauline Sakellaridis ... Emilie Desmedt enfant
Léo Lévy Léo Lévy ... Rémi Desmedt
Stéphanie Van Vyve Stéphanie Van Vyve ... Madame Mouchotte
Alice D'Hauwe Alice D'Hauwe ... Valentine Mouchotte
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Christmas 1999, in a peaceful little village in the Ardennes. The life of a young boy named Antoine will soon be devastated by three tragic events : the death of a dog, the vanishing of a child, and a big ravaging storm.

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Black Xmas
21 March 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

The film begins on Xmas day and ends ,some twenty years later ,on Xmas day. In between ,one of the most original thrillers produced in France in the last decade.It often reminds the viewer of Claude Chabrol at his best ("le boucher" "que la bête meure" "juste avant la nuit" "les noces rouges" or "la cérémonie"),which Sandrine Bonnaire 's efficient presence reinforces .Yes ,it 's that much good.

Flash forward: the police announces a search to find little Rémi who disappeared three days ago .....

Flashback : the three days preceding Xmas is an Ardennes village ; we meet little Antoine, who lives with his(unmarried ,widow?) mom, the village doctor who urges the brat to become a doctor himself , a Pole the inhabitants do not like very much ,Rémi ,who is good friends with Antoine ,and his parents ,Michel and Emilie.There won't be any (very) unexpected end ,because the whole truth is revealed very early ;thus,the viewers know, the characters but one ,don't.A sinister omen : Michel's dog gets run over by a car and his master has to shoot the pet. People begin to talk in town and the Pole ,a stranger , is suspected by the gossip people ....During the midnight mass, whilst the congregation is singing " Silent Night" , Rémi's father (Charles Berling) hurls at the alleluia crowd .

Return to present : the search begins and is to continue the day after ;but a storm destroys everything and the search becomes pointless.The disappearance of Rémi is not cleared up.

Fifteen years later , the past resurfaces with the strength of the tempest which had laid waste the village ; this part is sometimes marred by too much melodrama ( Antoine's baby ,the Pole's secret ,the doctor's attitude (emotional blackmail?) ),but the essential is sustained :some people might know, but what do they really know?The suspense remains psychological.

The final Reveillon (Christmas eve dinner)who brings together the culprit and the victim's parents may infuriate some ,but can you lead a happy life when you have something awful on your conscience?

So the Lord said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold." And the Lord appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him."

When the movie begins, the camera films a misty valley then discovers the village ;at the end ,tracking out from the small window of the house where the families are celebrating Xmas.

Strong performances by everyone involved:Sandrine Bonnaire, Charles Berling,Philippe Torreton ,Pablo Pauly and ,for the first time on the screen , Jeremie Senez as young sensitive Antoine.

Had Chabrol still been with us, this is the kind of movie he would have made

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Release Date:

18 September 2019 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Olloy-sur-Vriroin, Belgium


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