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In the Courtyard (2014)

Dans la cour (original title)
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Antoine is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of... See full summary »

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Pierre Salvadori

Writers:

Pierre Salvadori (screenplay), David Léotard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Mathilde
Gustave Kervern ... Antoine Le Garrec
Féodor Atkine ... Serge
Pio Marmaï ... Stéphane
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Colette
Nicolas Bouchaud ... Laurent Maillard
Oleg Kupchik ... Lev
Garance Clavel ... L'ex d'Antoine
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... La conseillère de l'agence d'intérim
Olivier Charasson Olivier Charasson ... Le spécialiste
Bruno Netter Bruno Netter ... Monsieur Vigo
Cécile Descamps Cécile Descamps ... La voisine du troisième étage
Fred Epaud Fred Epaud ... Le manager du groupe de rock d'Antoine (as Frédéric Epaud)
Claude Sésé Claude Sésé ... Monsieur da Silva
Fanny Pierre ... La jeune mère de la banlieue
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Storyline

Antoine is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of an old Paris apartment building. He soon proves good at his job, even if he performs it a little eccentrically, and everybody grows fond of him. Antoine also develops a particular friendship with Mathilde, a recently retired woman who lives in the block and whose mental balance is deteriorating... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En un patio de París See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The poem that was read to the blind man was created by Raymond Carver. The poem was called "Sleeping" and was featured in "All of Us". See more »

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Uplifting french quirky tale about depression.
22 October 2018 | by imseegSee all my reviews

What to do when you are depressed? Help somebody out who is depressed as well. Two like minded depressed souls are the main characters of this endearing, lighthearted french story. Catherine Deneuve is one of them. Her name was the reason I was drawn towards to this french quirky story. Deneuve's acting skills are way out there, even at her old age, she can carry a story by her own. The other main character played by Gustav Kervern is splendid and funny in his catatonic depressed style of acting.

What's the story about? Two depressed souls help eachother out, when they accidentally meet eachother in the courtyard of their apparment complex. The story is quirky, funny and endearing. And yes it is very slow, mirroring the depressing mood both characters are in. Definitely not a crowd pleaser, only suited for an arthouse audience who likes to watch depressed people fumble through their lives.

What makes this movie especially endearing is it's courage to deal with mental issues, in a serious way, yet the mood of this story remains very lighthearted, with some unexpected shattering moment of deep grief.


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