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Ulysses & Mona (2018)

Ulysse & Mona (original title)
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Ulysses, a secluded artist who mysteriously retired a few years ago, meets Mona, a young art student full of life. The encounter will change them both.

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Sébastien Betbeder (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manal Issa ... Mona
Eric Cantona ... Ulysse Borelli
Mathis Romani Mathis Romani ... Arthur
Marie Vialle Marie Vialle ... Alice
Quentin Dolmaire ... Camille
Sofian Khammes Sofian Khammes ... Le caissier de la station-service
Jonathan Couzinié Jonathan Couzinié ... Le jeune médecin
Nicolas Avinée Nicolas Avinée ... Nicolas
Jean-Luc Vincent ... Boris
Jonathan Capdevielle Jonathan Capdevielle ... Le braqueur
Joël Cantona Joël Cantona ... Antoine
Jean-Charles Clichet Jean-Charles Clichet ... Le compagnon d'Alice
Micha Lescot ... Le capitaine de gendarmerie
Gwénolé Michenaud Gwénolé Michenaud ... Le modèle
Arnaud Dumatin Arnaud Dumatin ... Musicien Dernier Refuge
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Ulysse, fifty-five years old, is a Contemporary artist. Four years ago, Ulysse ran away from his family and put an end to his career. Nowadays, he lives alone, with his dog Joseph, in an old manor in the middle of the forest. He spends his days playing tennis on his own against a pitching machine or listening to horror movies soundtracks. In short, Ulysse is bored to death, but he is too proud to admit it. Mona is twenty and is an arts student. Her life as an artist couldn't be more uneventful, between still, nude drawing workshops or theory classes, taught by geriatric teachers. Mona decides out of the blue to go and meet Ulysse. After a laborious first attempt and some misfortune, both of them will end up on a journey that will change their lives forever.

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Has Its Moments
25 September 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

A methodically paced quiet French drama with some quirky and subtle humor throughout. Eric Cantona stars here as Ulysses, an artist who has stopped painting, left his family, and has chosen to live alone in a large rural manor that is his family's home. Manal Issa co-stars as Mona, a young woman who's an art student and who is so inspired by Ulysses' work she seeks him out in his woodsy hideaway to try and become his assistant.

Ulysses, though, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and has decided his new mission will be to seek forgiveness from his family before he passes. A bond forms between Ulysses and Mona and she agrees to travel with him as he seeks out his estranged family.

I thought this low-key movie had its moments of poignancy and humor amidst the tragic circumstances, but some parts of the film, in my opinion, don't work and sort of veer off into arthouse pretentiousness. Overall, a mixed bag for me, but for those that like this type of quirky French film there are some rewards here to be found.


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

30 January 2019 (France) See more »

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EUR800,000 (estimated)
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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1.33 : 1
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