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The world... Marseilles... the northern suburbs... Estaque. Marius and Jeannette are in the prime of their lives. Marius lives alone in an enormous abandoned cement works overlooking the neighborhood. He is the caretaker of this soon to be demolished factory. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone on her meagre check-out girl's salary. She lives in a tiny house which opens onto a courtyard, typical of Mediterranean architecture. Her neighbors, Caroline and Justin, Monique and Dédé encourage her amidst laughter and rowdy arguments. The encounter between Marius and Jeannette will not be easy. Beyond the difficulties that stem from their social situation, they have been damaged... by life. The film describes the renaissance of their ability to be happy. This popular romance will have a happy ending because...it must. We have to re-enchant the world.

Robert Guédiguian See his other films
Produced by : Robert Guediguian
Company : AGAT FILMS & CIE
Coproduced by : LA SEPT ARTE

Main cast : Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan

Duration : 1h42
Year of production : 1997
Available Versions : VA / VO STAVF / VO STF
Theatrical release date : 10/11/1997

Distributor : Diaphana

International sales : Mercure International

TV distribution : Films distribution

TV Diffusion : 13/01/1999

VOD Diffusion : Universciné

Awards :
Les Césars du cinéma français: César de la meilleur actrice pour Ariane Ascaride. Quinzaine des réalisateurs: Prix Gervais. Festival International Vue sur les Docs: Prix du public. Festival de film de femmes: Grand prix. Cinéma et art de vivre: Prix du public.

Festival selections :
Les Césars du cinéma français, Paris, 1998. Quinzaine des réalisateurs, Cannes, 1996. Festival International Vue sur les Docs, Marseille, 1997. Festival de film de femmes, Créteil, 1997. Cinéma et art de vivre, Sarlat, 1997.

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