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The Best Years of a Life (2019)

Les plus belles années d'une vie (original title)
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An old man is having memories of a former lover who is still alive. Images of their affair showing them young combine with dreams and poetry


Claude Lelouch


Claude Lelouch (screenplay), Valérie Perrin (adaptation) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Louis Duroc
Anouk Aimée ... Anne Gauthier
Souad Amidou Souad Amidou ... Françoise Gauthier
Antoine Sire Antoine Sire ... Antoine Duroc
Marianne Denicourt ... La responsable maison de retraite
Monica Bellucci ... Elena
Tess Lauvergne Tess Lauvergne ... Tess
Laurent Prudhomme Laurent Prudhomme ... Gendarme 1
Jean-Yves Cressenville Jean-Yves Cressenville ... Gendarme 2
Bernard Warnas Bernard Warnas ... Gendarme 3
Benjamin Patou Benjamin Patou ... Le gendarme sur les planches
Laurent Dassault Laurent Dassault ... Le réceptionniste
Vincent Vinel Vincent Vinel ... Le chanteur au piano
Rémi Bergman Rémi Bergman
François Coupel François Coupel ... L'employé du drugstore


An old man is having memories of a former lover who is still alive. Images of their affair showing them young combine with dreams and poetry

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Twilight of two gods and of a love story
24 October 2019 | by lucdrouinSee all my reviews

A year ago, I saw Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà (1986), a sequel of Un homme et une femme (1966). As much as the latter film was a masterpiece, so much the former was frankly disappointing, bad, never to be looked at to not destroy the magic of A man and a woman. I was therefore very apprehensive about this new sequel.

Fortunately, with Les plus belles années d'une vie (2019), Claude Lelouch did not miss his shot. We quickly fall under the spell felt by viewing A man and a woman. Trintignant and Aimée are now 88 and 86 respectively. Trintignant's character is impotent, body and mind. Aimée's character is vibrant and wants to remain so. The characters are rejuvenated by frequent flashbacks, just enough, not too much. They make little escapades that are sometimes dreams, sometimes real outings; it's an existence in the context of a retirement home. But the warmth of their love pierces the screen. If they were 20, maybe 10 years younger, they would relive their embrace in room 26 of a certain hotel in Deauville. Old, they have the chance to relive their love for the last segment of their existence.

We loved A man and a woman because in that film done with no budget and with a single hand-held camera, we were deeply attached to characters who lived a love story that was simple and sublime at the same time. We love The Best Years of a Life because, with emotion, we remember that attachment.

And we realize with equal emotion that Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée are probably playing in their ultimate film, on a twilight background. Jean-Louis and Anouk, we love you.

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22 May 2019 (France) See more »

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