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From the Land of the Moon (2016)

Mal de pierres (original title)
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In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Director:

Nicole Garcia

Writers:

Milena Agus (based on the novel by), Natalie Carter (collaboration) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Gabrielle
Alex Brendemühl ... José (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Louis Garrel ... Le lieutenant André Sauvage
Brigitte Roüan Brigitte Roüan ... Adèle
Victoire Du Bois Victoire Du Bois ... Jeannine
Aloïse Sauvage ... Agostine
Daniel Para Daniel Para ... Martin
Jihwan Kim Jihwan Kim ... Blaise - l'ordonnance
Victor Quilichini Victor Quilichini ... Marc Rabascal
Ange Black-Bereyziat Ange Black-Bereyziat ... Marc Rabascal
Sören Rochefort Sören Rochefort ... Georget
Camilo Acosta Mendoza Camilo Acosta Mendoza ... Camilo
Francisco Alfonsin ... Paco
Julio Bollullo Carasco Julio Bollullo Carasco ... Julio
Folco Jullien Folco Jullien ... Un garçon à la fête
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Gabrielle comes from a small village in the South of France, at a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Her parents marry her to José, an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her. Despite José's devotion to her, she vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post-World War II society until the day she is sent away to a cure in the Alps to heal her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage, a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and he seems to share her desire. Will anyone dare rob her of her right to follow her dreams? Written by Polly_Kat

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Sometimes Love is the Only Thing That's Real

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Canada

Language:

French | Spanish | German

Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From the Land of the Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyon, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,473, 30 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,757, 20 August 2017
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Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Javier Cámara was originally cast to play the husband of Marion Cotillard's character, but was replaced by Alex Brendemühl. See more »

Goofs

When Gabrielle is in front of her mirror before being asked to go the doctor in the clinic, you can see a modern light switch as well as well as a grounded power outlet on the right. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Dolph Lundgren (2016) See more »

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Une larme
by Modest Mussorgsky (Modeste Moussorgski)
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A dreamer's dream
27 July 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Director Nicole Garcia (The Adversary, 2002) takes the best-selling novel from Milena Agus and hearkens back to good old-fashioned movie melodrama – with a French twist. Of course, most any project is elevated with the beautiful and talented Marion Cotillard in the lead role. Few can suffer on screen as expertly as Ms. Cotillard, and she conveys that disquiet through most of this story.

What is love? You'd best not look to Gabrielle (Cotillard) for clarification. As a young woman, her search for love and sexual fulfillment follows the fantasies of the novels she reads (Wuthering Heights). Her corresponding inappropriate behavior teeters between delusion and hysteria. It's the 1950's in rural France, so her actions and attitude are not much appreciated, and her parents bribe Jose (Alex Brendemuhl), a local bricklayer, to marry Gabrielle. She is then given the choice of (an "arranged") marriage or a mental institution.

As a romantic dreamer whose blurred reality expects love to mirror those romance novels, Gabrielle's self-centeredness and failure to grasp reality results in a loveless marriage – and easily one of the most uncomfortable lovemaking scenes in the history of French cinema. Beyond that, severe kidney stones make it impossible for her to bear children. In hopes of "the cure", she is sent for treatment to a spa in the Alps (it's the same spa from Paolo Sorrentino's 2015 film YOUTH).

While at the spa, she meets handsome Andre (Louis Garrel), a gravely ill soldier from the Indochina War. Gabrielle imagines Andre to be everything she dreamt a lover should be (except for that whole sickness thing). The contrast between the two love-making sessions is startling, and it seems as though Gabrielle has found her bliss.

The years pass after her release from the spa, and Gabrielle makes one mistake after another … blind to what and who is right in front of her … while holding on to the dreamer's dream. She is certainly not a likable person, and is downright cruel to her loyal (and extremely quiet) husband Jose. However, Ms. Cotillard is such an accomplished actress that we somehow pull for Gabrielle to "snap out of it".

The novel was adapted by Jacques Fieschi, Natalie Carter and director Garcia, and you'll likely either be a fan or not, depending on your taste for old-fashioned melodrama. Despite numerous awkward moments, it's beautifully photographed by cinematographer Christophe Beaucame. Additionally, the music plays a vital role here – both composer Daniel Pemberton's use of the violin, and the duality of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto that connects Gabrielle's two worlds. You may say she's a dreamer, but I hope she's the only one.


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