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Adieu Philippine

Adieu Philippine

A Feature film by Jacques Rozier

Produced by Unitec france, Rome-Paris Films

Release in France : 25/09/1963


    Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, and aspiring actresses, who hang around outside the TV studio. Michel invites them in to watch, flirts with them both, and dates them separately and together. When Michel goes on a holiday to Corsica, just before he is drafted, the girls follow.

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    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Unitec france, Rome-Paris Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    mk2 films

    Foreign production company :

    Euro International Film (EIA)

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    Jacques Rozier is one of the lesser known of the Nouvelle Vague directors, and this, his first feature, is probably his best-known work. Using improvisation and a cinema verité approach, he endeavoured to bring a sense of realism to his stories, most of which, like this one, are concerned with the mixed up lives of teenagers.

    Adieu Philippine is on the one hand, chaotic and fun, and is a landmark film in many ways; it is unfortunately, however, a bit sophomoric and Rozier's inexperience as a beginning director shows. On the one hand, some of the visuals are beautiful and perfectly pitched: the lyrical interludes between scenes, such as the two girls walking along a summery Paris street set to the rhythm of a tango, are nearly perfect. But often the soundtrack swings into the territory of the garish: too much pop, overly loud – you can barely hear the girls talking in the restaurant in a scene which should have been very naturalistic – and there are huge chunks of the movie, especially after they return from the ‘adventure’ hunting down the deadbeat producer – which seem badly edited and misplaced. What was up with that very long hula-esque dancing sequence with the two girls in the holiday camp, for example? It didn’t contribute to the atmosphere and seemed to me stylistically gratuitous, dull.

    Overall, though, an enjoyable effort and impressive for a first feature film. There are some gorgeous mis-en-scene, somehow simultaneously imbued with both a kind of quiet reflectivity and a buzzing adolescent energy. The scene with the wasps on the pebble beach is lovely – Rozier is fantastic at capturing the naturalness and vibrancy of youth and at evoking a sense of real speech (although perhaps because much of the script was improvised). In any case, this is real youth, not a nostalgic rumination on youth. I’m not so sure I buy into the relationship between the two girls (they seem quite quick to become chummy with each other, for no particular reason, only moments after fighting bitterly over the same man), but perhaps their fickleness is a perfect fit for the kind of lovely, chaotic, capricious spirit of this film.

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    Photos (2)

    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producer :

    Georges de Beauregard

    Foreign producers :

    Giuseppe Valenzano, Giulio Sbarigia

    Dialogue Writers :

    Michèle O'Glor, Jacques Rozier

    Screenwriters :

    Jacques Rozier, Michèle O'Glor

    Assistant Operator :

    Christian Guillouet

    Editor :

    Jacques Rozier

    Music Composers :

    Jacques Denjan, Maxime Saury

    Still Photographer :

    Raymond Cauchetier

    Assistant directors :

    Francis Cognany, Gabriel Garran, Philippe Laik

    Adaptation :

    Jacques Rozier

    Sound recordists :

    Maurice Laroche, Jacques Lebreton, Louis Perrin

    Director of Photography :

    René Mathelin

    Camera Operator :

    Jean Boffety

    Assistant editors :

    Annie Baronnet, Claude Barrois

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Production Manager :

    Marin Karmitz

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Romantic comedy

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 46 min

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    Color type :

    Black & White