7.5/10
291
3 user 8 critic

Manon on the Asphalt (2007)

Manon sur le bitume (original title)
TV-MA | | Short, Drama, Romance | 2007 (France)
A woman gains a new insight of life while she's near death.

Star:

Aude Léger
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

On the Line (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A department store security guard is secretly in love with a clerk in the store's bookshop. When he witnesses a seeming rival being attacked in the train, he gets off instead of helping him... See full summary »

Director: Reto Caffi
Stars: Roland Bonjour, Julie Bräuning, Janic Halioua
The Pig (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Is personal freedom more important than religious rights? An epic debate staged over a tiny painting in a bare hospital room.

Director: Dorthe Warnø Høgh
Stars: Jesper Asholt, Mette Agnete Horn, Farooq Khan
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

There's something strange about the new substitute teacher in class.

Director: Andrea Jublin
Stars: Valentino Campitelli, Arianna Dal Buono, Lorenzo de Cicco
New Boy I (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

Director: Steph Green
Stars: Olutunji Ebun-Cole, Simon O'Driscoll, Fionn O'Shea
This Way Up (2008)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On their way to deliver a coffin to a graveyard, a grim duo of undertakers go through hell and back, as formidable and tangled obstacles stand in the way.

Directors: Adam Foulkes, Alan Smith
The Confession IV (2010)
Short | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Quiet and sincere 9-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession. His conscience is clear, therefore he cannot hope for any relief from the experience. He and his friend Jacob ... See full summary »

Director: Tanel Toom
Stars: Lewis Howlett, Joe Eales, James Simmons
Toyland (2007)
Short | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A German mother lies to her son about where the Nazis are sending their Jewish neighbors.

Director: Jochen Alexander Freydank
Stars: Julia Jäger, Cedric Eich, Tamay Bulut Özvatan
My Love (2006)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In nineteenth-century Russia, a teenage boy in search of love is drawn to two very different women.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov
Stars: Aleksandr Palamishev, Aleksandra Zhivova, Evgeniya Kryukova
Smile Pinki (2008)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip.

Director: Megan Mylan
Stars: Anti Chauhan, Ghutaru Chauhan, Virendra Kumar Das
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An office clerk with a hankering to tango enlists the support of a workplace colleague as he prepares for a date. It's Christmas time and the concept of giving assumes fairy tale proportions in this beguiling modern story.

Director: Guy Thys
Stars: Dirk van Dijck, Koen van Impe, Hilde Norga
The Last Farm (2004)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In a remote and windswept valley somewhere in the rugged landscapes of Iceland, a solitary elderly couple prepares for the forthcoming winter; however, the urge to work in such a feverish haste remains unknown.

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Stars: Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir, Jón Sigurbjörnsson, Sigurður Skúlason
Wish 143 (2009)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tells the story of a young man desperate to come of age before time runs out.

Director: Ian Barnes
Stars: Samuel Holland, Rory Kinnear, Kieran Hardcastle
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Aude Léger Aude Léger ... Manon
Edit

Storyline

On a day in early summer, two young men play squash, a lifeguard watches an indoor pool, a young woman shelves books at a store, another stages a puppet show for children in a park, an older woman cooks, and Manon gets on her bicycle to ride to a rendezvous with her boyfriend. She turns a corner. Something happens. As she lies on the asphalt, a crowd gathers around her and an ambulance arrives; we hear her voice, first confused as to what has happened, then telling us how her friends and her mother will receive word, and how her friends will gather to talk. As images move back and forth in time, she remembers recent events and expresses some small regrets. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-MA
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Manon na asfalcie See more »

Filming Locations:

France

Company Credits

Production Co:

La Luna Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Remarkable Short
27 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Manon on the Asphalt (2007)

**** (out of 4)

Exceptional French film got an Oscar-nomination for Best Short. The movie shows a young woman riding her bike through the streets when she is hit by a car and lays dying in the street. In these brief moments before death she begins to think about her life, her friends, her boyfriend and what impact their lives had by knowing her. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this film even though I had heard some very good things about it. I must say I now have to see what else was nominated the year this lost the prize. I was really emotionally caught up with this thing and I was simply blown away at how beautiful, poetic and incredibly touching the film was. There's more power and emotion in this 15-minute film then pretty much any Hollywood film coming out around this time. For starters, the film gives a wonderful and touching view point of what one's final moments alive would be like. The way we flash from one flashback to another, the way we see our victim thinking about what people are going to think and how we hear her talk about things she wishes she had done were handled so well that I'm sure the film will leave on impact on those who watch it. Directors Marre and Pont do an excellent job at telling their story and they manage to milk just about every emotion that you could as it really hits its message and delivers a first-rate entertainment. The performances are wonderful, the screenplay right on the mark and we even get a great cover of Bob Dylan's "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome".


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed