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Macadam Stories (2015)

Asphalte (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 October 2015 (France)
Improbable encounters bring tenderness, laughter and compassion to a world of urban alienation.


Samuel Benchetrit


Samuel Benchetrit (screenplay), Gábor Rassov (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Jeanne Meyer
Gustave Kervern ... Sterkowitz
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... L'infirmière
Tassadit Mandi Tassadit Mandi ... Madame Hamida
Jules Benchetrit ... Charly
Michael Pitt ... John McKenzie
Mickaël Graehling Mickaël Graehling ... Dédé
Larouci Didi Larouci Didi ... Mouloud
Abdelmajid 'Mickey' Barja Abdelmajid 'Mickey' Barja ... Majid, le fils de Mme Hamida
Thierry Gimenez Thierry Gimenez ... Le voisin réunion copropriétaires


Against the backdrop of a dilapidated apartment building in the heart of the French urban jungle, stories of social anonymity, loneliness, and the painful effect of time's penetrating caress become intertwined with selfless acts of kindness, solidarity, and an odd encounter with the paradox. After experiencing firsthand life's cruel irony, the parsimonious tenant, Sternkowitz, concocts a spur-of-the-moment plan to make a good first impression on a lonely night-shift nurse, relying on his old Polaroid camera. In the meantime, the insecure movie star, Jeanne Meyer, stands powerless before the unstoppable force of youthful frankness, as her genuinely concerned next-door neighbour, Charly, becomes a beacon of self-confidence, and her improbable mentor. Then, out of the blue, the disoriented American astronaut, John McKenzie, winds up in kindly Madame Hamida's flat and realises that the mysteries of the cosmos can lead to a beautiful bond. Can there be tenderness in a bleak world? Written by Nick Riganas

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Well-Come Stranger.


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


The clip from the old film Jeanne Meyer and Charly watch together is taken from The Lacemaker (1977). See more »


John McKenzie: I like to think that behind all the dark there is a great light.
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Features The Bridges of Madison County (1995) See more »


When Your Heart Is Weak
Performed by Cock Robin
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wir sind alle Astronauten
1 September 2018 | by ageyageySee all my reviews

We are all astronauts - so sounds the German title. The astronauts in our own galaxies. the first galaxy of an astronaut and an elder woman, who is mama by her nature, who believe in each other and support each other

the second galaxy of an actress and a boy who believe in each other and support each other

the third one galaxy and my favourite - galaxy of a lonely man and a lonely nurse who believe in each other and support each other and maybe will find love.

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1.33 : 1
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