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No Man's Land (1985)

Jean, a young Swiss whose watchmaking skills no longer prove useful in the real world, dawdles his time away either in his parents' farm or in Lucie's restaurant-bar.

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Alain Tanner

Writer:

Alain Tanner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugues Quester ... Paul
Myriam Mézières Myriam Mézières ... Madeleine
Jean-Philippe Écoffey Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Jean
Betty Berr Betty Berr ... Mali
Marie-Luce Felber Marie-Luce Felber ... Lucie
Maria Cabral Maria Cabral ... L'auto-stoppeuse
André Steiger André Steiger ... 1er policier français
Jacques Michel Jacques Michel ... 2ème policier français
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... L'indicateur
Jean-Pierre Malo ... Le banquier
Maurice Aufair Maurice Aufair ... L'oncle de Jean
Adrien Nicati Adrien Nicati ... Le père de Paul
Jean-Marc Henchoz Jean-Marc Henchoz ... Le douanier français
Marcel Nagel Marcel Nagel ... Le douanier suisse
Jacqueline Burnand Jacqueline Burnand ... La mère de Jean
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Jean, a young Swiss whose watchmaking skills no longer prove useful in the real world, dawdles his time away either in his parents' farm or in Lucie's restaurant-bar.

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Language:

French

Release Date:

28 August 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ei kenenkään maalla See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Secret ways
7 January 2003 | by hervieu-philippe2See all my reviews

Don't ask me why I love that movie, but, God !, I love it ! Maybe because it's about a border (physical : between two countries, that's means nowhere for the common sense; and mental : living or keeping dreaming ?). Maybe because Alain Tanner knows that trees and cows (I love cows) have something to tell us. Maybe because he knows that ordinary is extraordinary. And certainly because of the Terry Riley music. The great french critic Serge Daney wrote about that movie those definitive lines : "This is the enjoyment at the idea that "Things are there", and demand, in silence, to be seen, to be registered, filmed; and this is the anguish at the idea there is no more collective way that lead to them (a collective way is "the fiction"), only individual itinerary, some secret ways".


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