Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man.

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Cast

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Marion (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
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Gilles
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Monique
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Bernard
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Valérie
Antoine Chappey ...
Christophe
Marc Ruchmann ...
Mathieu
Jason Tavassoli ...
L'Américain
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
Le Juge
Eliane Kherris ...
L'avocate
Yannis Belkacem ...
Nicolas
Sylvie Debrun ...
L'échographiste
Jean Neisser ...
Le Maire
Ninon Brétécher ...
Sophie (as Ninon Bretecher)
Marie-Madeleine Fouquet ...
La mère de Gilles
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Storyline

The end and beginning of the love of the French couple Marion and Gilles is disclosed backwards through five moments in their lives: 1st moment: They divorce and have one last brutal intercourse without love. 2nd moment: With their relationship shaken, they have a dinner party with Gilles's gay brother Christophe and his younger mate, when an infidelity is disclosed at the dinner table. 3rd moment: The troubled pregnancy of Marion and the delivery of their premature son Nicolas, with the total absence of Gilles. 4th moment: Their wedding, when Marion commits adultery with an unknown guest of the hotel. 5th moment: When they meet each other in an Italian resort and begin their relationship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It takes two to tango in five moves.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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1 September 2004 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€36,826 (Netherlands) (21 November 2004)

Gross:

$127,692 (USA) (28 August 2005)
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Trivia

Sophie Marceau and Vincent Cassel were approached to play the parts of Marion and Gilles. See more »

Goofs

During the hotel room scene early in the film, Marion's wedding band changes from the left hand to the right hand, then back to the left again. See more »

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Senza Fine
Performed by Gino Paoli
Courtsey OST by BMG
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User Reviews

A story about real human beings
2 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about 5 segments of the relationship between Gilles and Marion in reverse chronological order.

I thought the reverse chronological order would make it as confusing as "Memento", but actually it is very simple to understand. The film highlights 5 different time segments that is pivotal to the relationship. What happens in between the segments is not mentioned. It leaves the viewers much room for imagination and interpretation.

It is a story about real human beings. No one is flawless. The carnal desire of Gilles, and his shameless expression of it, destroys his love life. Valerie's passionless attitude and negativity destroys her relationship. Marion, on the other hand, gets repeatedly disappointed with life. Everything in the film is so real and close to us, unlike most films that portray fairytale couples or unrealistic lives.

I particularly like the childbirth segment, as emotions are well portrayed and affecting. I think this film is good, but not as groundbreaking as I expected it to be.


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