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Strange Place for an Encounter (1988)

Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (original title)
A woman thrown out of a car by her husband and a surgeon repairing his car are meeting at a highway rest stop. Both are slowly coming closer.


François Dupeyron
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Credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... France
Gérard Depardieu ... Charles
André Wilms ... Georges
Nathalie Cardone Nathalie Cardone ... Sylvie
Jean-Pierre Sentier Jean-Pierre Sentier ... Pierrot
Alain Rimoux Alain Rimoux ... Vincent
Vincent Martin Vincent Martin ... Roland
Philippe Faure Philippe Faure ... M. Martinet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chantal Banlier Chantal Banlier ... Mme Richard
Thierry Der'ven Thierry Der'ven ... Louis
Aurélie Guichard Aurélie Guichard
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Mme Martinet
Marie-France Santon Marie-France Santon ... Simone
Roger Souza Roger Souza ... Mr. Richard
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... Le dépanneur


A woman thrown out of a car by her husband and a surgeon repairing his car are meeting at a highway rest stop. Both are slowly coming closer.

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Release Date:

5 October 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Strange Place to Meet See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Il mio rifugio
Music by François Bernheim
Lyrics by Riccardo Cocciante
Performed by Riccardo Cocciante
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Love is blindness. Psychological portrait of a man and a woman, both yearning for love from people who instead give them the cold shoulder.
11 February 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

The story in short: After a quarrel Catherine Deneuve gets dumped by her lover at a parking lot next to the freeway. Gerard Depardieu happens to be there with car trouble and he is instantly smitten with her. Will love blossom between the two or will they both learn to hate each other? What I particularly like about this movie is the quarreling. It is basically one contineous story of attraction and rejection, between a man and a woman. Both yearn for love, but try to get it from someone who couldnt care less for them. This doesnt stop them from trying. Love makes blind, that idea.

It is not a riveting drama. Not at all. It's a slowburning melancholic movie about 2 people desperatedly failing in love. But it is portrayed in such a detailed and interesting way that I found it a fascinating movie, which I have watched several times already over the last several decades. And it still stands strong.

But be warned, it is a very slowburning character portrait. No big thrills, no action, no sentimental feel good romantic scenes to be experienced. Not even great photography. None of that. Quite bleak, unnerving portrait of 2 people annoying eachother with their emotional problems. A bit dark at some, and a bit comical at other moments. Best suited for fans of Deneuve and Depardieu. Anyone not familiar with these 2 legendary French actors can be assured that one wont easily find any better acting performances.

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