Tag Archives: André Téchiné
Ma saison préférée (1993) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Marthe Villalonga, Drama
Too old to live by herself, Berthe moves in with her daughter, Emile, who is married with grown-up children of her own. Emile’s husband resents the intrusion, but the situation is aggravated when Emile’s brother, Antoine visits for Christmas. Emile and Antoine have not spoken to each other for three years and old quarrels are resurrected. Upset, Berthe decides to return to her home. Emile and Antoine agree to this but soon realise that they must co-operate to help their dying mother. In so doing, they rediscover a profound mutual kinship.
A woman and three men. Nina, who’s come to Paris to act and sleeps with any man at hand, meets Paulot, a young estate agent; he’s smitten. She also meets Paulot’s flatmate Quentin, a compulsive who stalks her. To Paulot’s jealous dismay, she’s willing to sleep with Quentin, and wants Paulot’s friendship. After a desperate act by Quentin, Nina and Paulot share a flat, but she still won’t take him as a lover; instead, her energy goes into a production of “Romeo and Juliet” directed by a detached, intense man who becomes her father figure. Quentin’s ghost taunts her, Paulot wants to end all contact, and the director plans to return to London. The art of the theater may be her only refuge.
Serge is a long distance lorry driver between Morocco and Europe. In Tangier, he tries to reconcile with his former girlfriend, Sarah. She has refused to have anything to do with him since her mother’s death and intends to join her brother in Canada. Serge appeals to Sarah’s protector, a young Arab named Saïd, to allow him to meet up with Sarah, promising in return to smuggle Saïd into Europe…
Hôtel des Amériques / Hotel America (1981) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Dewaere, Etienne Chicot, Drama, Romance
Hélène, a distracted pill-popping anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street. She is still numb from the drowning death earlier that year of her lover, a visionary architect. Gilles presses for a relationship, then backs away, deciding she could never love someone of lower class and limited prospects. But she does fall in love with him and gradually her depression eases. As she heals, he becomes obsessed with her lover’s talents and his own limitations, behaving bizarrely and pushing her away. How these conflicts play out becomes the movie’s story.
Les voleurs / Thieves (1996) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte, Crime, Drama, Romance
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan’s body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings Juliette and Jimmy, Ivan’s partners in a seedy nightclub; the love triangle of Alex, Juliette, and Marie, a professor of philosophy; and of Alex and his nephew, Ivan’s dour, stoic son. Ivan’s death changes every relationship. Images of paragliders, sun bathers, and opera suggest an expansive, colorful world outside the constricted lives of these characters.
Les égarés / Strayed (2003) André Téchiné, Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Drama, Romance, War
June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he’s seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires.
Impardonnables / Unforgivable (2011) André Téchiné, André Dussollier, Carole Bouquet, Mélanie Thierry, Drama
A crime writer living in Venice while working on his new novel meets and soon marries his real-estate agent. Relocated to a remote house on Sant’Erasmo Island, his obsession with his wife’s daily whereabouts takes a dark turn.