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Light Years Away (1981)

Les années lumière (original title)
A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

Director:

Alain Tanner

Writers:

Daniel Odier (novel), Alain Tanner
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Cast

Cast overview:
Trevor Howard ... Yoshka Poliakeff
Mick Ford ... Jonas
Bernice Stegers ... Betty
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Lawyer
Odile Schmitt Odile Schmitt ... Dancer
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ... Thomas
Louis Samier Louis Samier ... Trucker
Johnny Murphy ... Man in bar (as John Murphy)
Gerard Mannix Flynn Gerard Mannix Flynn ... Drunken boy (as Mannix Flynn)
Don Foley Don Foley ... Cafe owner
Gerry O'Brien ... Bar owner (as Jerry O'Brien)
Vincent Smith Vincent Smith ... Cop
Gabrielle Keenan Gabrielle Keenan ... Girl at village dance
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A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

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An old man with a secret... A young man seeking an answer...

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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years Away See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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This was Alain Tanner's first feature film in English. See more »

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Learning to Fly Gets Under Your Skin
19 January 2008 | by JoropukkiSee all my reviews

This movie is incredible. I'd like to have it on DVD, but still it might take me some decades to watch it again. I've seen it four times in the 80s and 90s when it crept under my skin and stayed there. I remember every scene, yet I wonder what is memory and what was truly shown. Is it really there - or just memory-DVD? Such a simple story, a wayward son meets with a rural guru and gets carried away. I'd like to think that my early access to Gurdieff's writings made this film more accessible and comprehensible to me but even without the guru's ideas I'd get carried away. Awesome work. Two decades after seeing the movie I catch myself thinking about the pig and the birds. Were they properly taken care of? Makes me think why I like Predator and South Park. Why did I originally give it 9 pts? Must reconsider and give it full marks.


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