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Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day, he has an appointment with a woman to view a traditional country house. A few hours ... See full summary »

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Nicole Garcia

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Jacques Fieschi (scenario), Nicole Garcia (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Marc Palestro
Marie-Josée Croze ... Marie-Jeanne / Cathy
Toni Servillo ... Sergio Bartoli
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Clotilde Palestro
Michel Aumont ... Robert Prat
Pauline Bélier Pauline Bélier ... Emmanuelle
Jacques Valles Jacques Valles ... Jo Fuentes
Claudia Cardinale ... La mère de Marc
Romain Millot Romain Millot ... Marc enfant
Solène Forveille Solène Forveille ... Cathy enfant
Emma Maynadié Emma Maynadié ... Marie-Jeanne enfant
Muriel Combeau Muriel Combeau ... Ghislaine
Emilie Chesnais Emilie Chesnais ... Patricia
Emilie Lafarge Emilie Lafarge ... Suzanne
Nicole Riston Nicole Riston ... Bridoux
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Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day, he has an appointment with a woman to view a traditional country house. A few hours later, Marc finally puts a name to her face. It's Cathy, the girl he was in love with growing up in Oran, Algeria, in the last days of the French colonial regime. Marc hurries to her hotel. They spend the night together. Then she's gone again. And Marc's mother tells him Cathy never left Algeria. She was killed with her father in a bombing just before independence... Written by The Film Catalogue

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French

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15 December 2010 (France) See more »

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A View of Love See more »

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2.35 : 1
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C'est la ouate
Lyrics by Pierre Gillet and Caroline Loeb
Music by Philippe Chany
Sung by Caroline Loeb
Label: Barclay
Published by Universal Music Publishing
(Recorded in October 1986)
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"Lyrical, throughout gripping and perceptively romantic..."
5 June 2013 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

French screenwriter, actress and director Nicole Garcia's sixth feature film which she co-wrote with French screenwriters Jacques Fieschi, Frédéric Belier Garcia and Natalie Carter, premiered in Morocco, was shot on locations in France, Spain, Algeria and Morocco and is a French production which was produced by producer Alain Attal. It tells the story about a man named Marc Palestro who has moved to Aix in Southern France with his wife named Clotilde who is a teacher and their 11-year-old daughter named Manouche. Marc is a real estate agent for his father in-law's company called Pays d'Aix and the day he goes with him to meet a female client named Mrs. Mandonato who works for a real estate investor and is looking for a new house, Marc's life changes.

Distinctly and precisely directed by French filmmaker Nicole Garcia, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters viewpoints, draws an increasingly heartrending portrayal of an Algerian man who after having seen a woman who captures his eyes is reminded of his childhood sweetheart named Cathy Rivet whom he was separated from during the end of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine cinematography by French cinematographer Jean-Marc Fabre and production design by French production designer Thierry Flamand, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about a non-illusionary kind of love that has lived on in one person and been awakened in another person depicts two involving studies of character and contains a timely score by English composer Stephen Warbeck.

This conversational, somewhat literary and eloquent drama which is set in Algeria in the early 1960s and during a summer in France decades later where a theatre actress is reunited with a man from her past which she has vivid and affectionate memories of and a man almost loses sight of his family, is impelled and reinforced by its flashback narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, a lingering and pivotal scene of a girl named Marie-Jeanne and the engaging acting performances by French actor, screenwriter and director Jean Dujardin and Canadian actress Marie-Josée Croze. A lyrical, throughout gripping and perceptively romantic mystery from the early 21st century.


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