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A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by Les Films Gibé, Les Films Corona

Release in France : 29/08/1979


    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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    Actors (29)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Les Films Gibé, Les Films Corona

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    Foreign production companies :

    Parva Cinematografica, Janus Filmproduktion

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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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, Germany, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Italy, Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    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 Director : Costa Gavras

    Best Sound : Pierre Gamet

    Best Film

    Best Actress : Romy Schneider