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cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Karin Viard, Marie Gillain, Jacques Gamblin, Jacques Perrin, Guillaume Canet, Carole Bouquet, Miki Manojlovic, Jean Rochefort, ...

year: 2005

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Danis Tanovic

runtime: 101

Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning No Man’s Land demonstrated a fondness for allegory. His second feature draws upon Greek mythology, Euripides’ Medea and the interplay of destiny and coincidence. Based on a script by Krysztof Kieslowski and his long-time screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz it was designed before Kieslowski’s death. In Paris in the 1980s, a man,fresh from his release from prison, is rejected by his wife. After a violent confrontation he throws himself from his apartment window, witnessed by his three young daughters. In present day Paris, the sisters, played by Emmanuelle Béart, Karin Viard and Marie Gillain, now grown up, live their own lives. The family bonds are broken. Béart’s Sophie, the eldest, is married with young children, but suspects her photographer husband (Jacques Gamblin) of having an affair. The youngest sister, Anne (Marie Gillain), is a student involved in a messy relationship with one of her tutors. Middle sister Céline (Karin Viard) lives a solitary and joyless life, caring for her difficult mother (Carole Bouquet). When a young man (Guillaume Canet) starts to take an interest in her, little does she suspect the true motive behind his approaches. Tanovic is adept at depicting a bourgeois Paris where everyone can live a wretched existence – in considerable comfort. He has assembled a cast that sparkles with lively and provocative dialogue. Year of release in the UK: 2006


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