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A Feature film by Peter Weir

Produced by Societé d'Exploitation et de Distribution de Films (SEDIF), UGC Images, DD Productions

Release in France : 20/02/1991

    Synopsis

    With the help of his lawyer, Georges (Gérard Depardieu), a composer and one-time petty thief who grew up in poverty, attempts to escape his life in Paris and begin anew in America by illegally marrying Bronte (Andie MacDowell), a prim and repressed young lady from a privileged life in Connecticut. Bronte, who has agreed to the scheme for her own self-serving reasons, is exasperated when the Immigration & Naturalization Service investigates their case, and she and Georges, whom she detests, must spend time together studying each other's lives to avoid disaster. The fallout, and how it ends, is infinitely more delightful than your run-of-the-mill Hollywood romantic comedy, and the very ending itself stops deliciously short of where Hollywood would feel compelled to drag the story. Fine performances are given by MacDowell, Depardieu--who is fiercely charming pounding the keyboard of a Steinway at an upper class Manhattan dinner party--and Bebe Neuwirth, who is perfect as an upper-class child turned artist who revels in her irresponsibility.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Rio

    French distribution :

    UGC Distribution

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (5)

    Screenwriter :

    Peter Weir

    Director of Photography :

    Geoffrey Simpson

    Music Composer :

    Hans Zimmer

    Foreign Producer :

    Peter Weir

    Editor :

    William Anderson

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Themes :

    Immigration

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    France (76.0%), Australia (24.0%)

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Australia)

    Production year :

    1990

    French release :

    20/02/1991

    Runtime :

    1 h 48 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    72987

    Visa issue date :

    20/02/1991

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Academy Awards - 1991

    Academy Awards (United States, 1991)

    Selection

    Nomination for Best Original Screenplay : Peter Weir

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1991

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1991)

    Selection

    Out of Competition