Like a Candide dreaming of Eldorado, Jallel lands in France, hoping to try his luck. Read More »
Tag Archives: Élodie Bouchez
In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. Read More »
Fire in Paradise / Flammen im Paradies (1997) Markus Imhoof, Élodie Bouchez, Heinz Bühlmann, Laurent Grévill, Drama
Swiss director Markus Imhoof made this Swiss-German-French drama in which a love story, elaborate period details of the year 1912, and an ocean liner all combine to bring Titanic to mind. Read More »
In this sexy, French romantic drama, two couples decide to explore the boundaries of their relationships by swapping partners. What starts as a fun, free-spirited ménage-a-4 experimentation full of sleepovers, shared vacations, and dinner parties soon turns into a hotbed of desire, anger, and confusion. As their arrangement leads them down an increasingly surprising and provocative path, the lovers begin to question their personal choices and lifestyles, leading to consequences none of them could foresee.
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La vie rêvée des anges / The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) Erick Zonca, Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Drama
In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who’s flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to warmer climes. Marie usually is either angry or detached. Then, while Isa begins to visit the child in whose flat they live, going to hospital to read to her, Marie slowly falls for a rich youth. At first Marie keeps him at bay, then she not only pursues him, she begins to dream he is her life’s love. When Isa tries to warn Marie, their friendship flounders. How will Marie handle the inevitable? And once they lose the flat, where will they go?
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A very sad but genuinely human story. The middle-aged Icelandic woman Loa is seriously mentally ill. Finally it turns out that her husband is a latent alcoholic who submits to his addiction whenever Loa leaves him. When she is at home, she is living a normal life and taking care of her children. Sometimes she cannot stand it any longer and just runs away. During one such tour she was eventually found in England. During the tour of the present movie she has ended up in a mental hospital in France, without identification papers and apparently being mute. The young psychiatrist Cora is in charge of her and applies unorthodox methods. She is the only one who suspected that Loa might not be French. Interpol soon identified Loa and on Cora’s day off she was sent home. Cora immediately flows to Iceland, where everyone including Loa’s husband thinks she is a tourist wanting to see the volcano. Loa is prepared to follow Cora back to the French hospital.
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