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A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by Parva cinematografica, Les Films Gibé, Janus Film Und Fersehen, Les Films Corona

Release in France : 29/08/1979

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Reciprocal consolation. The background of two middle-aged people (Michel and Lydia) is gradually unfolded. Michel's wife is incurably ill. They had agreed that she would take her life on this day. All telephone cables were cut and Michel should leave France for months. But he goes forth and back between the airport and his home street. Once when opening the door of a taxi he destroys Lydia's shopping carrier. They sit down in a café while he writes her a check. During this night they will part and meet again several times. Half a year ago Lydia's husband had a car accident. Their daughter died and the husband got brain injury. His talk is incomprehensible. Tonight is his birthday. Lydia eventually takes Michel to the great feast that is almost over. In the morning they go to Michel's apartment, where police and relatives are already present. Michel and Lydia had agreed to meet at Lydia's apartment on the next morning. When he comes there, a foreign woman invites him in. Lydia soon calls on telephone. Lydia cannot put up with him in his present state. During the entire night she saw him sitting and praying at his wife's bed. But she offers him to live in her apartment for a month, and she will go away. When she returns they may see what will happen.

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Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Georges-Alain Vuille

Author of original work :

Romain Gary

Screenwriter :

Costa Gavras

Director of Photography :

Ricardo Aronovich

Sound Assistant :

Bernard Chaumeil

Production Manager :

Michel Choquet

Sound Editor :

Michèle Boehm

Production Designers :

Éric Simon, Mario Chiari

Foley artist :

Daniel Couteau

Sound Mixer :

Claude Villand

Assistant directors :

Reynald Calcagni, Bernard Paul

Producer :

Christian Lentretien

Foreign producers :

Mauro Berardi, Renzo Rossellini, Klaus Hellwig

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Gamet

Camera operators :

Cristine Asperti, Philippe Brun, Jacques Labesse

Editor :

Françoise Bonnot

Continuity supervisor :

Elisabeth Rappeneau

Music Composer :

Jean Musy

Costume designers :

Édith Vesperini, Emilie Poirot

Location Manager :

Jacques Schaeffer

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Feature film

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Italy, Germany, France

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Majority French (Italy, Germany, France)

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1 h 45 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1980

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1980)

Selection (4)

Best Sound : Pierre Gamet

Best Director : Costa Gavras

Best Actress : Romy Schneider

Best Film