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A vision of youth in Western Europe in the 50s, literature, jazz, politics and wars intermingle in their dreams, ideals and their first loves.






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Series cast summary:
Claude Brasseur ...  M. de Reuilly-Nonancourt 2 episodes, 2009
Ludmila Mikaël ...  Mme de Reuilly-Nonancourt / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Déborah François ...  Julie 2 episodes, 2009
Raphaël Personnaz ...  François 2 episodes, 2009
Julie Judd Julie Judd ...  Laurence 2 episodes, 2009
Arnaud Appréderis Arnaud Appréderis ...  Jean 2 episodes, 2009
Manu Fullola ...  Eduardo 2 episodes, 2009
Laura Mañá ...  Neus Razola 2 episodes, 2009
Anne Canovas ...  Myriam Silberstein 2 episodes, 2009
Gérard Rinaldi Gérard Rinaldi ...  David Silberstein 2 episodes, 2009
Loïc Corbery Loïc Corbery ...  Jean-Jacques de Reuilly-Nonancourt 2 episodes, 2009
Niels Dubost Niels Dubost ...  Markovitch 2 episodes, 2009
Thierry Desroses Thierry Desroses ...  John 2 episodes, 2009
Julien Tortora Julien Tortora ...  Alain 2 episodes, 2009
Luc Bernard Luc Bernard ...  Colonel Ministère 2 episodes, 2009
Jean-Paul Zehnacker Jean-Paul Zehnacker ...  Marrou / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Anne Loiret ...  Colette Hernández 2 episodes, 2009
Oriol Tarrasón Oriol Tarrasón ...  Antonio Hernández 2 episodes, 2009
Jean-Jacques Blanc Jean-Jacques Blanc ...  Le prêtre 2 episodes, 2009
Hélène Liber Hélène Liber ...  Martine 2 episodes, 2009
Marie Berto Marie Berto ...  Annie / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Fabrice Herbaut Fabrice Herbaut ...  Fonctionnaire PC 2 episodes, 2009
Bertrand Lacy Bertrand Lacy ...  Cadre PC 2 episodes, 2009
Marc Chapiteau ...  Gérard militant PC 2 episodes, 2009
Michel Modo ...  Le vieux Boris 2 episodes, 2009
Serge Feuillard ...  Militant PC 2 episodes, 2009
Rémy Roubakha Rémy Roubakha ...  Militant PC 2 episodes, 2009
Candide Sanchez Candide Sanchez ...  Militant espagnol 2 episodes, 2009
Jean-Marc Henchoz Jean-Marc Henchoz ...  Le parent pauvre 2 episodes, 2009
Philippe Siboulet Philippe Siboulet ...  Officier de gendarmerie 2 episodes, 2009
Régis Romele ...  Officier de gendarmerie 2 episodes, 2009
Eric Poulain Eric Poulain ...  Réceptionniste hôtel 2 episodes, 2009
Isabelle Langlois Isabelle Langlois ...  Libraire 2 episodes, 2009
Diego Lorca Diego Lorca ...  Le cinéaste espagnol 2 episodes, 2009
Michèle Simonnet Michèle Simonnet ...  Arlette 2 episodes, 2009


A vision of youth in Western Europe in the 50s, literature, jazz, politics and wars intermingle in their dreams, ideals and their first loves.

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An uninspired plot based on Jorge Semprun's work yield a nice TV series.
17 June 2011 | by stuka24See all my reviews

We all may know people like the respectable, rich and conservative "de Reuilly-Nonancourt". Daddy is a dry balding authoritarian, mum is beautiful but rarely gets a say in anything, in fact neither do the children, successful and cultivated but dominated, and the maid or maids are silently efficient in the big mansion. OK, we may not "know" people like this, but they are believable :).

Déborah François's Julie freshness can turn even a stereotyped heroine into somebody almost believable. Raphaël Personnaz instead has nuances and doubts about the script/ should we say "family crucible" he's born into from the start. Her sister, beautiful Julie Judd, Virginie from "Pas de Panique" does again the "stunnig blonde", but this time with a heart.

Ludmila Mikaël has done a host of other films, even another similar TV series "Le sanglot des anges", her mature beauty is a counterbalance to the colonel, a truly hateable Claude Brasseur. No surprises here given he's such great actor he makes it easy to forget it's not easy to be a good baddie.

Cinematography is fine, as well as the 50's France, from fashion (!), music, decoration, cars, buildings. Spain's brief shootings are also fine.

Summing up, a good TV series, enjoyable to watch, transmit enough nostalgia to be remembered. A sort of "chronicle of how young rebellious leftish Parisian intellectuals do in the 50'".

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8 August 2009 (Spain) See more »

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Allò era vida! See more »

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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