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Vie est un Roman, La (1983)

Original Title : Vie est un roman, La
Director : Alain Resnais
Writer : Jean Gruault
Genre : Drama
Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Philippe Dussart
Music : M. Philippe-G√©rard
Photography : Bruno Nuytten
IMDB ID : 0086542
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poster for "Vie est un Roman, La" by Alain Resnais (1983)
Vie est un Roman, La (1983) - Alain Resnais
 

Starring

¬Vittorio Gassman Walter Guarini
¬Ruggero Raimondi Comte Michel Forbek/Count Michel Forbek
¬Geraldine Chaplin Nora Winkle
¬Fanny Ardant Livia Cerasquier
¬Pierre Arditi Robert Dufresne
¬Sabine Az√©ma √Člisabeth Rousseau
¬Robert Manuel I
¬Martine Kelly Claudine Obertin
¬Samson Fainsilber Zolt√°n Forbek
¬V√©ronique Silver Nathalie Holberg
¬Andr√© Dussollier Raoul Vandamme
¬Guillaume Boisseau Fr√©d√©ric
¬Sabine Thomas Marie
¬Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu School Teacher
¬Rodolphe Schacher Pierre
¬Jean-Claude Arnaud Le conducteur de la camionnette
¬Lucienne Hamon Juliette Watelet
¬Jean-Louis Richard P√©re Jean Watelet
¬H√©l√®ne Patarot Thi Lan
¬Flavie Ducorps La fille de Nora Winkle
¬Jean-Claude Corbel Le h√©ros l√©gendaire
¬Jean-Michel Dupuis I
¬Michel Muller III
¬Philippe Laudenbach L'√©ducateur ennemi de la r√™verie gratuite
¬Cathy Berberian La nourrice
¬Nathalie Holberg V√©ronique
 

Plot

Three intertwined tales. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest. After the war he uses it to start a utopian society by brainwashing his friends, including his former fiancee, Livia, and her husband. In the present day, the castle is being used as an alternative school and, in the summer holidays, for an educational conference. At the conference, the American Nora Winkle bets Claudine that the ernest public school teacher Elisabeth Rousseau will be enticed into the bed of Robert Dufresne, even though the principal speaker, Walter Guarini, is obviously interested in Elisabeth. Meanwhile, the children staying at the castle over the holidays invent their own medieval tale about freeing prisoners from the dungeons.
 

Comments

Having seen this film only once, in 1983 during its initial NYC engagement, I can resonantly advise anyone lucky enough to get the chance: prepare for elegant effervescence. The score by itself is unforgettable -- giddy, but it'll haunt you.