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Les portes tournantes (1988)

A quiet painter, separated from his wife for a year, receives a suitcase in the mail from his mother, whom he hasn't seen since infancy. He believes she abandoned him to his wealthy, ... See full summary »

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Francis Mankiewicz
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3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monique Spaziani ... Céleste Beaumont
Gabriel Arcand ... Madrigal Blaudelle
Miou-Miou ... Lauda
François Méthé ... Antoine
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ... Pierre Blaudelle
Françoise Faucher ... Simone Blaudelle
Jean-Louis Roux ... Monsieur Blaudelle
Rémy Girard ... Monsieur Litwin
Rita Lafontaine ... Madame Beaumont
Hubert Loiselle ... Monsieur Beaumont
Papa John Creach Papa John Creach ... John Devil
Charles Reiner Charles Reiner ... Gunther
Marcel Sabourin ... Homme du Train
Charlotte Laurier ... Bonne
Martin Faucher Martin Faucher ... Enfant Beaumont
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Storyline

A quiet painter, separated from his wife for a year, receives a suitcase in the mail from his mother, whom he hasn't seen since infancy. He believes she abandoned him to his wealthy, paternal grandparents. The suitcase contains mementos and a diary, a long letter to him, written over the years, with details of her youth, her first job as a pianist at a cinema, the coming of talkies, her marriage, and how he came to live with his grandparents. As he reads through the materials and her story comes to life, his son Antoine, who's about 10 or 12, tries to break through his father's silence and sorrow by taking matters into his own hands. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Music

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Revolving Doors See more »

Filming Locations:

Almonte, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not that good
28 November 2006 | by khakisoul13See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie as part of a French course dealing with films and the books that inspired them. To say the least, the movie was a huge disappointment for me. The cinematography was brutal. There was such an overuse of soft filters, and the DOP tried to create illusions of different times by using coloured filters, and it turned out quite bad, at least I think so. I was also disappointed with the acting in this film. The actors were not up to par. Not only were the characters poorly written (except Lauda and Blaudelle), but the acting was unable to save a poorly written script. The music was perhaps the biggest upside to the film. The piece constantly played in the film changes rhythms, speeds, and each person that plays it has a different interpretation. It reminded me of "The Conversation" in the sense that one song/sentence can have several meanings. And I'm not even going to get into the ending of the film. At such a critical moment, there's a pause that lasts way too long, and ends up being quite comical, when it should have been a breathtaking moment. Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this film. With the knowledge that it had a prize from the 1988 Cannes Film festival under its belt, I expected a whole lot more from this.


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