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Autumn Tale (1998)

Conte d'automne (original title)
Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle, decides to find her a new husband. She puts an ad in the local newspaper and finds a ... See full summary »

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Didier Sandre ...
Étienne
Alexia Portal ...
Rosine
Stéphane Darmon ...
Léo
Aurélia Alcaïs ...
Émilia
Matthieu Davette ...
Grégoire
Yves Alcaïs ...
Jean-Jacques
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Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle, decides to find her a new husband. She puts an ad in the local newspaper and finds a nice man, Gérald. At Isabelle's daughter's wedding, Magali eventually meets Gérald. But there's another man around, Etienne... Written by G.A. <pitcairn@wanadoo.fr>

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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23 September 1998 (France)  »

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Autumn Tale  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$33,631, 11 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,082,061, 28 November 1999
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Gérald: You really fooled me. I was ready for anything but this. You see, in a way, I'm relieved: Something was fishy, but I couldn't figure it out. But I'm disappointed, too. Very much so. I was already more than interested in you. I don't want to shock you, but I wanted to love you, and I'm frustrated.
Isabelle: OK, stop this nonsense.
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A very pleasant and engaging surprise!
26 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was working on my computer with the tv nearby, and I happened upon a French film on cable. I didn't think I was particularly in the mood to read subtitles, but as I glanced at the screen, bits of the story began to pull me in. Before I knew it, over an hour and a half had passed.

I wasn't familiar with any of the actors, which probably made the story of two very good friends and their loved ones even more compelling to me. Now I'd be interested in seeing anything else featuring Marie Rivière or Béatrice Romand. Rivière was engaging as a vulnerable yet capable business woman, and Romand had a quiet and powerful energy as a widow who seems to have retreated into the "safety" of working on her vineyard.

Romand made me laugh at times with her moments of "attitude" and temper, and Rivière kept me guessing what was coming next. The story unfolded nicely. I found myself on the edge of my seat much of the time. The story is somewhat of a cautionary tale in some ways, yet very realistic in terms of human nature and relationships.

There were some actions and situations I found to be less than appropriate, but in some ways the screenwriter seems to possibly have the same view...

This movie is a must-see for people interested in the politics of dating, match-making, romance, and friendship.


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