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In the Shadow of Women (2015)

L'ombre des femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 May 2015 (France)
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Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Garrel

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario), Caroline Deruas-Garrel (scenario) (as Caroline Deruas) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clotilde Courau ... Manon
Stanislas Merhar ... Pierre
Lena Paugam ... Elisabeth
Vimala Pons ... Lisa
Antoinette Moya Antoinette Moya ... La mère de Manon
Jean Pommier Jean Pommier ... Henri, le vieux résistant
Thérèse Quentin Thérèse Quentin ... La femme d'Henri
Mounir Margoum ... L'amant de Manon
Claude Desmecht Claude Desmecht ... Le propriétaire
Christian Cousquer Christian Cousquer ... L'homme du marché
Michel Charrel Michel Charrel ... L'homme de l'enterrement
Louis Garrel ... Narrator (voice)
Suzanne Szerman Suzanne Szerman
Jean Masini Jean Masini
Robert Potsztein Robert Potsztein ... (as Robert Rotsztein)
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Storyline

Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. But the new girl in his life finds out that Manon has a lover. When she tells Pierre, the time comes for difficult decisions all round.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A la sombra de las mujeres See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,431, 17 January 2016

Gross USA:

$50,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,802
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Simple, yet very effective
4 June 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

There's something so inherently simple about this film, something that may even come across as detrimental if one was to explain the entire plot summary to someone who was interested. They might think that it sounds really contrived and kind of like a ridiculous soap opera, but the key in making a film is always in its execution. In that respect, this film succeeds admirably. The screenplay is simple, but very nuanced and realistic, and the performances and the quiet, delicate direction only help add to that realism. Before you know it, you realize you've become really enthralled in these characters' lives. Very well done in all respects, and definitely recommended for fans of realism cinema.


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