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Memories (2014)

Les souvenirs (original title)
Romain, 23, is the watchman of a small Paris hotel. He does not know it yet but he is about to become a novelist... Madeleine is six decades older than him. She is his grandmother. ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean-Paul Rouve

Writers:

David Foenkinos (novel), Jean-Paul Rouve (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Blanc ... Michel Esnard
Annie Cordy ... Madelaine Esnard, la grand-mère
Mathieu Spinosi Mathieu Spinosi ... Romain Esnard
Chantal Lauby Chantal Lauby ... Nathalie Esnard
William Lebghil ... Karim
Flore Bonaventura Flore Bonaventura ... Louise
Audrey Lamy ... La directrice de la maison de retraite
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Philippe
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Le peintre
Xavier Briere Xavier Briere ... Pierre Esnard
Yvan Garouel Yvan Garouel ... Patrick Esnard
Daniel Morin Daniel Morin ... Le caissier de la station-service
Blanche Gardin Blanche Gardin ... La femme de l'office de tourisme
Laurent Cléry Laurent Cléry ... Réceptionniste Hôtel des Falaises
Arthur Benzaquen Arthur Benzaquen ... Le professeur de yoga
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Storyline

Romain, 23, is the watchman of a small Paris hotel. He does not know it yet but he is about to become a novelist... Madeleine is six decades older than him. She is his grandmother. Surprisingly enough, the age gap does not mean a thing for them: they mesh like magic. It looks as if they were born the same day. One day, Madeleine escapes from the nursing home where she has been placed against her will by her sons (one of whom, Michel, is Romain's father). Romain asks his employer for a leave and joins her in Etretat. Both have a wonderful day in the town of Madeleine's youth... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 January 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris 9, Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth wall is broken briefly by a white-haired old woman. She looks to camera when Romain and Madeleine, in the hospital, leave the lunch room to see a picture of a donkey (she appears at the top right of the screen). See more »

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References Pokémon (1997) See more »

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Lights On
by Alexis Rault, Marc Chouarain
Label: Columbia (p) 2015 Nolita Cinema
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Twix - A Good Choice
19 April 2015 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

Just saw this at the CinéFranco Festival at the Bloor Hot Docs Toronto. It was a delightful movie, filled with the wriest humour. Funny how synchronicity plays a big role in everything, just that morning I had had a discussion with a friend about dealing with older parents and the various issues involved. I loved the dialogue in the movie, I hope it came across as well in the sub-titles. The film focuses on relationships which are extremely varied. I thought the most interesting was between Romain and the hotelier. The interchanges were sparse but very meaningful. You could easily become the hotelier and understand his situation. Other characters were off the wall such as the receptionist at the tourist bureau in Normandy and the gas bar attendant. The grandmother was a determined individual who loved every minute of life. There was a mixture of all sorts of different scenes, that you never got bored. Romain's room mate was also a real mec, always pursuing the latest gonzesse!


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