In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in ... See full summary »

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Catherine Corsini

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Catherine Corsini (scenario), Laurette Polmanss (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginie Efira ... Rachel
Niels Schneider ... Philippe
Jehnny Beth Jehnny Beth ... Chantal / adulte
Estelle Lescure Estelle Lescure ... Chantal / adolescente
Coralie Russier ... Nicole
Iliana Zabeth ... Gaby Schwartz
Catherine Morlot Catherine Morlot ... La grand-mère
Ambre Hasaj Ambre Hasaj ... Chantal / 3 / 5 ans
Sasha Alessandri-Torrès Garcia Sasha Alessandri-Torrès Garcia ... Chantal / 6 / 8 ans
Pierre Salvadori Pierre Salvadori ... Le médecin
Gaël Kamilindi Gaël Kamilindi ... Franck (as Gaël Kamilindi de la Comédie Française)
Simon Bakhouche Simon Bakhouche ... Alain
Didier Sandre Didier Sandre ... Le père de Philippe
Simon Poulain Simon Poulain ... Michel
Siegrid Alnoy Siegrid Alnoy ... La secrétaire du Guide Michelin
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In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in the birth of a daughter, Chantal. Philippe refuses to marry outside of his social class and Rachel has to raise their daughter alone. Regardless, Chantal is a great source of happiness for Rachel. She wishes for Philippe to legally acknowledge his daughter, which would give her his last name. A battle of more than ten years ensues, which will eventually break up all of their lives. Written by Hugo Van Herpe

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The director feared that Niels Schneider was too young to be Philippe (10 years apart from Virginie Efira). But the Franco-Canadian actor wanted to do some tests. See more »

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Features Elevator to the Gallows (1958) See more »

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Beyond Good and Evil
20 June 2021 | by frukukSee all my reviews

Perhaps the moral of this film is to avoid any potential partner who suggests you absolutely must read Beyond Good and Evil and/or Thus Spoke Zarathustra? (Mentioning Nietzsche's The Gay Science is possibly less of a red flag.)

Philippe (played by Niels Schneider) seems to have absorbed the idea that there is no absolute morality and has convinced himself that the world exists only to satisfy his desires and that he must pursue those desires at whatever cost to others. He's such a consistently obnoxious pig that it is difficult to believe that Rachel (played by Virginie Efira) would really persist in her pursuit of him, even if only to give their daughter legitimacy.

No one could possibly care what happens to Philippe, as he is clearly beyond redemption. And Rachel is quite an unsympathetic character, simply because she puts up with so much narcissism from Philippe.


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France | Belgium

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French

Release Date:

7 November 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

An Impossible Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Châteauroux, Indre, France See more »

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$2,005,749
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2.35 : 1
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