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Alice and Martin (1998)

Alice et Martin (original title)
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A young man starts an affair with a woman - his brother's friend. Their relations are being tested because of obscure secrets hidden in the past.

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André Téchiné

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Alice
Alexis Loret Alexis Loret ... Martin Sauvagnac
Mathieu Amalric ... Benjamin Sauvagnac
Carmen Maura ... Jeanine
Jean-Pierre Lorit ... Frederic Sauvagnac
Marthe Villalonga ... Lucie
Roschdy Zem ... Saïd
Pierre Maguelon ... Victor Sauvagnac
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Francois Sauvagnac
Jeremy Kreikenmayer Jeremy Kreikenmayer ... Martin - Child
Kevin Goffette Kevin Goffette ... Christophe
Christiane Ludot Christiane Ludot ... Laurence
Véronique Rioux Véronique Rioux ... Musician 1
Corinne Hache Corinne Hache ... Musician 2
Mauricio Angarita Mauricio Angarita ... Musician 3
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Storyline

At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They start a passionate relationship, although Martin remains very mysterious about his past and the reasons why he left his family. But when Alice tells him she's pregnant, he is suddenly almost driven to madness, as his past comes back to his mind. Alice will now do anything she can to help him. Written by Billy

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Taglines:

If life is a trap, love is the escape.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Spanish | German | English

Release Date:

4 November 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice and Martin See more »

Filming Locations:

Grenada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$500,896

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,896
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Alice: Absence is the best way to distinguish real love from a flash in a pan.
Martin Sauvagnac: But I still prefer presence.
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Michelangelo 70
Written by Astor Piazzolla
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Another attempt to redemption through love in Téchiné s film
14 May 2011 | by gaiadam933See all my reviews

Once a critic for Cahiers Du Cinéma, André Téchiné wakes generally high expectations from movie viewers, but he not always satisfied them. The interest for melodrama that distinguishes him from nouvelle vague predecessors returns in Alice and Martin which is not free from the thematic of dysfunctional family of others of his films. In this case the results are more unconvincing. At the beginning and for a long time we don't know what happens, and when we know, it does not matter enough. The disproportion between the elliptical and not few scenes of unnecessary diffuse dialogue does not contribute to go deep into the drama. Secondary characters like the tyrannical father, the mother, and the stepmother of the protagonist are delineated in the style of the stereotyped Spanish telenovela. The nicely photographed landscapes (a mark in Téchiné's pictures) add to the pleasure of the viewer but not fulfill the holes in the screenplay. The story, excessively charged with family quarrels, suicide, involuntary crime, tempestuous love, professional aspirations, madness, atonement, and final redemption, can't easily catch the spectator. Adam Gai


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