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About the Film

Director: Philippe Claudel

Actors: Stefano Accorsi, Neri Marcorè, Clotilde Courau

Synopsis

A hapless music teacher struggles to reclaim his life after stumbling into a romance he never saw coming. Single father Alessandro lives in an apartment with his rebellious teenage daughter and his freeloading anarchist brother. When Alessandro meets a woman he can picture himself growing old with, he realizes that in order to make a commitment, he must first take control of his life and stop being the family doormat.
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About the Director

Philippe Claudel directed the 2008 film I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime). Much admired, it won the 2009 BAFTA for the best film not in English. His best-known work to date is the novel Les mes grises (Grey Souls), which won the Prix Renaudot in France, was shortlisted for the American Gumshoe Award, and won Sweden's Martin Beck Award. He won the 2003 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for Les petites mécaniques, and the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Brodeck’s Report, his hallucinatory story – almost a dark fairy-tale in which Kafka meets the Grimms – of an uneasy homecoming after wrenching tragedy." In addition to his writing, Claudel is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy. (Wikipedia)

Praise

A warm story, Philippe Claudel depicts the flavors of what older generations would have called une vie bonne: music, affection, friendship, fantasy and altruism; giving a balance, a lighthearted harmony pushing the shadows away.
Le Figaroscope






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