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A Feature film by Denis Amar

Produced by UGC Images, Les Films de l'Epée, Top n°1 Productions, Multimedia France Productions

Release in France : 07/01/1981


     In this drama about life and death in the fast, middle, and slow lanes, Juliette (Carole Laure) finds herself stranded on a busy highway leading from Paris south to cities like Lyon. She was supposed to meet her lover, and is driving his car when she stops at their appointed roadside rendezvous. Instead, their deception has been discovered by her lover's wife, who is waiting for her, and drives the car away in a huff. Juliette is left to thumb it back to Paris. She soon hooks up with Arthur Colonna (Jean Yanne), who gives her a ride, and the two begin to wend their way northward along the highway. Interspersed with their journey is a series of cinematic "asides" that delve into tragic mishaps, such as the aftermath of a crash in which a woman was killed, her husband stumbling along the highway, still in shock -- and the brief story of a surgeon named Kalendarian (Georges Wilson) who struggles to find the needed transfusions for the crash victims on this busy weekend. The relationship between Juliette and Arthur begins to turn from casual to interested when they suffer a bad accident from which they both manage to come out unscathed -- leaving an indelible effect on their growing relationship.

    Actors (42)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    UGC Distribution

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean-Claude Roblin, Yvon Guezel, Guy Verrecchia

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jean-Pierre Petrolacci

    Screenwriter :

    Jean-Pierre Petrolacci

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Bats

    Assistant Operators :

    Jacques Meynard, Daniel Waxin

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Continuity supervisor :

    Claude Luquet

    Foley artist :

    Jean-Pierre Lelong

    Costume designer :

    Michèle Cerf

    Still Photographer :

    Georges Pierre

    Assistant directors :

    Daniel Janneau, Graziella Molinaro

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Claude Patrice

    Director of Photography :

    Robert Fraisse

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Kharat

    Production Manager :

    Yvon Guezel

    Assistant editor :

    Bénédicte Mallet

    Music Composer :

    Laurent Petitgirard

    Stunt performer :

    Rémy Julienne

    Sound Mixer :

    Paul Bertault

    Location managers :

    Philippe Desmoulins, Jean Pieuchot

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Accidents, Transport

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    1 h 40 min

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