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Partir (2009)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 August 2009 (France)
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Suzanne is a well married mother, but her bourgeois lifestyle gets her down and she decides to go back to work as a physiotherapist by building an office in their backyard. Then Suzanne falls in love with the man hired to build the office.

Director:

Catherine Corsini

Writers:

Catherine Corsini (scenario), Gaëlle Macé (collaborator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Suzanne
Sergi López ... Ivan
Yvan Attal ... Samuel
Bernard Blancan ... Rémi
Aladin Reibel Aladin Reibel ... Dubreuil
Alexandre Vidal Alexandre Vidal ... David
Daisy Broom Daisy Broom ... Marion
Berta Esquirol Berta Esquirol ... Berta
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... Lagache
Geneviève Casile Geneviève Casile ... La mère de Samuel
Philippe Laudenbach ... Le père de Samuel
Michèle Ernou Michèle Ernou ... Mme Aubouy
Jonathan Cohen Jonathan Cohen ... Le banquier
Hélène Babu Hélène Babu ... Dorothée
Sali Cervià Sali Cervià ... La fille de la station-service
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Suzanne is a well to do married woman and mother in the south of France. Her idle bourgeois lifestyle gets her down and she decides to go back to work as a physiotherapist. Her husband agrees to fix up a consulting room for her in their backyard. When Suzanne and the man hired to do the building meet, the mutual attraction is sudden and violent. Suzanne decides to give up everything and live this all engulfing passion to the fullest. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Catalan | English

Release Date:

12 August 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Leaving See more »

Filming Locations:

Nîmes, Gard, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,697, 4 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$174,694, 19 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Andante spianato Op. 22
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as F. Chopin)
Piano by Idil Biret
(p) KAPACAMA/NAXOS - HNH INTERNATIONAL
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Love has its reasons
23 March 2010 | by murray-morisonSee all my reviews

Kristin Scott Thomas holds this very French love triangle drama together through exquisitely nuanced acting. The one leap of faith for the audience is that she, a great beauty, would fall for the local handyman, Ivan; but love has its own logic and the possibility does not stretch credulity. The way they get together involves some of the most amusing sequences in the film, ably directed by Catherine Corsini. The action centers entirely, apart from one telling sequence, around Suzanne. We see the story through her eyes, a woman hopelessly in love.

Her husband Samuel, played convincingly by Yvan Attal, is devastated at the prospect of losing his wife. He is a pillar of the local establishment of a provincial town in South West France. He will use his power to keep her in line. Do watch for the moment, recognisable to all parents who have teenage children, when Suzanne, having prepared a roast chicken for the evening, is informed by her son that "he had chicken for lunch". The film has many such vignette moments and you will find both the dilemmas and the way they are presented, returning to you long after the film has concluded.

A Truffaut like moral tale it is small in scale but nevertheless a perfect vehicle for the emotional range of Kristin Scott Thomas.


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