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An Impossible Love (2018)

Un amour impossible (original title)
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In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in ... See full summary »

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Catherine Corsini

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Catherine Corsini (scenario), Laurette Polmanss (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginie Efira ... Rachel
Niels Schneider ... Philippe
Jehnny Beth Jehnny Beth ... Chantal / adulte
Estelle Lescure Estelle Lescure ... Chantal / adolescente
Coralie Russier ... Nicole
Iliana Zabeth ... Gaby Schwartz
Catherine Morlot Catherine Morlot ... La grand-mère
Ambre Hasaj Ambre Hasaj ... Chantal / 3 / 5 ans
Sasha Alessandri-Torrès Garcia Sasha Alessandri-Torrès Garcia ... Chantal / 6 / 8 ans
Pierre Salvadori Pierre Salvadori ... Le médecin
Gaël Kamilindi Gaël Kamilindi ... Franck (as Gaël Kamilindi de la Comédie Française)
Simon Bakhouche Simon Bakhouche ... Alain
Didier Sandre Didier Sandre ... Le père de Philippe
Simon Poulain Simon Poulain ... Michel
Siegrid Alnoy Siegrid Alnoy ... La secrétaire du Guide Michelin
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In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in the birth of a daughter, Chantal. Philippe refuses to marry outside of his social class and Rachel has to raise their daughter alone. Regardless, Chantal is a great source of happiness for Rachel. She wishes for Philippe to legally acknowledge his daughter, which would give her his last name. A battle of more than ten years ensues, which will eventually break up all of their lives. Written by Hugo Van Herpe

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Official Sites:

Website Virginie Efira

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Châteauroux, Indre, France See more »

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$2,005,749
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Christine Angot was able to consult the script and comment on it with Catherine Corsini and Laurette Polmanss. See more »

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A Great Film
28 September 2019 | by jromanbakerSee all my reviews

Sometimes I think it is only France that is producing one incredible film after another. I have a list of the great films that I have seen from this country ( the ones that I believe will last and be returned to as great works of art ) and this joins them. I watched it late at night and I could not sleep such was the impact. To tell its story is to do it a disservice. It is the story of a life, and the people in that life; it questions and it probes, and it shows how far we all are from knowing those who affect us during this short span of living that we have. Many philosophical questions are asked, and the scene at the end of the film between Virginie Efira and Jehnny Beth is so precise, so clear that my head was spinning with its truth and sometimes dreadful clarity. Society and us as individuals are pitilessly drawn into question, but all this would mean nothing without the direction of Catherine Corsini and the group of actors she has brought togethet. Efira is superb, and Jehnny Beth has a fierce force in her acting that I found overwhelming. I have admired Niels Schneider for quite a while, but here he surpasses himself. I am a poet myself, and one fine writer said about one of my poems that it was above criticism. So is this film. Like that elusive thing that we call truth it shifts and it changes, and perhaps truth in its essence is beyond us all, both in its certitude and its horror and its beauty. ' Un Amour Impossible ' cuts into the heart and the brain like a scalpel.


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