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Dear Louise

Dear Louise

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Les Films Ariane

Release in France : 06/09/1972


    After her divorce, Louise moved in with her mother. When her mother dies, Louise, now forty years old, leaves for Annecy, burning all her bridges behind her. In Annecy, she meets an unemployed Italian in his twenties, who is half-heartedly begging. She gives him some money. He follows her and she ends up letting him stay with her. Things start spiralling out of control. No matter what Louise says and does, Luigi brings some warmth into her life, a notion of love which she so badly needs. Soon, their relationship has everyone's tongues wagging and Louise's teacher colleagues point the finger at her. Luigi has it cosy: he's fed, housed and clothed. He vaguely looks for work, does a bit of stealing, meets women his own age, wants a motorbike. After a particular encounter with a young woman and the ensuing scandal Louise creates, Luigi disappears. Louise finds herself alone, tries to commit suicide, and ends up in her usual state of solitude.

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    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Ariane

    Foreign production company :

    CC Champion

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    Jean-Louis Curtis has found a good subject and Jean-Loup Dabadie has made a fine adaptation of it. But it is a 'false' kind of good subject. Philiippe de Broca - the director, let us not forget, of subtle and bittersweet films such as Five Day Lover and King of Hearts - chose this story because it suits his tone and taste. But, today, even if the story is possible and real, it is too difficult to make us believe in this encounter. And no matter the admiration we feel for Jeanne Moreau, this great actress kills any emotion. Her reactions are planned - and therefore predictable - down to a fraction of an inch. She is fascinating, but removes all the film's emotion. It's impossible to believe in her suicide attempt: wonderfully performed, it's true, but "performed". Hence the film loses its soul and credibility. A shame.

    Guy Allombert, "La Saison Cinématographique 1972".

    Full credits (17)

    Assistant Director :

    Denis Amar

    Adaptation :

    Jean-Loup Dabadie

    Producers :

    Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine

    Screenwriter :

    Jean-Loup Dabadie

    Assistant Operator :

    Michel Lebon

    Editor :

    Françoise Javet

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Georges Delerue

    Location Manager :

    Alain Belmondo

    Foreign Producer :

    Carlo Ponti

    Author of original work :

    Jean-Louis Curtis

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Louis Ducarme

    Director of Photography :

    Ricardo Aronovich

    Camera Operator :

    Jean-Paul Schwartz

    Assistant editors :

    Isabelle García de Herreros, Michèle Neny, Catherine Bernard

    Production Designer :

    Constantin Mejinsky

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Themes :

    Solitude/loneliness, Love

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Posters (1)



    Cannes International Film Festival - 1972

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1972)


    Official Competition