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Les Temps Qui Changent

98 min.
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Catherine Deneuve
Gérard Depardieu
Gilbert Melki
Malik Zidi
Lubna Azabal
Tanya Lopert
Jabir Elomri
Nabila Baraka
Nadem Rachati
Production Company:
Gemini Films
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Antoine arrives in Tangiers from Europe. He is on an assignment to supervise the setting up of an audiovisual centre, his task being to expedite the process. However, Antoine is secretly hoping that he will find Cécile here. His quietly obsessive love for her has endured for more than thirty years. Cécile has forgotten Antoine. She emigrated to north Africa and has since endured the trials and tribulations of marital routine with Nathan, a doctor of Moroccan-Jewish extraction who is her junior in age. The couple have a son, Samy, who lives in Paris and comes to visit them during the holidays. The film takes place towards the end of the summer. Samy arrives at his parents’ house, bringing with him his partner, Nadia, and her child, whose father is unknown. Samy and Nadia are a chaste couple. Arming themselves, they protect each other from all manner of adversities in order to live out their various passions. Nadia has to learn to let go of her twin sister Aicha – and as a result finds herself embroiled in a bitter struggle against her inner demons. Samy has to learn to bring his affection for Bilal into accord with his tenderness for Nadia. Theirs is a little holiday world in which Cécile finds it impossible to find a balance. Experiencing nothing but restlessness and self-doubt, the familiar has become quite alien to her. Lonely, wealthy and unmolested by life’s storms, Antoine appears like a ghost from the past expressing his desire for a pure, unshakable ideal of love. Does being cloistered inside his gentle obsession make him invincible? What is this all about? It’s nothing but a dream, counters Cécile, the realist. But, who knows, perhaps this dream will, unwittingly, become reality. 

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BIOGRAFIE André Téchiné

Born in Valence d’Agen, France in 1943, he wrote for the film magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’ between 1964 and 1967 and then became assistant director to Jacques Rivette. He first began directing in Parisian theatre before becoming a screenwriter and film director at the beginning of the 1970s. His greatest successes include MA SAISON PRÉFERÉE (MY FAVORITE SEASON) and his multi-award- winning drama LES ROSEAUX SAUVAGES (WILD REEDS). He was most recently in the Berlinale Competition in 2007 with LES TÉMOINS (THE WITNESSES).

FILMOGRAFIE André Téchiné (selection)

2014 Quand on a 17 ans  2013 Tous les Garçons et les Filles de leur Age  2012 L'homme qu'on avait trop  2011 Impardonnables   2009 La fille du RER  2006 Les Temoins  2004 Les Temps Qui Changent  2003 Les Égarés   2001 Loin  1998 Alice et Martin  1994 Les Voleurs  1994 Les Roseaux Sauvages  1993 Ma Saison Préférée   1991 J'embrasse pas  1987 Les Innocents  1986 Le Lieu du Crime  1985 Rendez-vous  1983 La Matiouette  1981 Hotel des Amériques  1979 Les Coeurs Bronte  1976 Barocco  1975 Souvenir d'en France  1969 Paulina s'en va 

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