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Élisa (1995)

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Becker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Paradis ... Marie
Gérard Depardieu ... Jacques 'Lébovitch' / Marie's father
Clotilde Courau ... Solange / Marie's friend
Sekkou Sall Sekkou Sall ... Ahmed / Marie's friend
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin ... Élisa / Marie's mother
Werner Schreyer Werner Schreyer ... Conductor
Michel Bouquet ... Samuel
Philippe Léotard ... Gitane Smoker
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Manina
Melvil Poupaud ... Pharmacist's Son
Olivier Saladin Olivier Saladin ... Kevin
Bernard Verley ... Entrepreneur
Reine Bartève Reine Bartève ... Grandmother
André Julien ... Grandfather
Gérard Chaillou Gérard Chaillou ... Claude Chapelier
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Storyline

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she blames for her mother's death. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 February 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Elisa See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$112,968
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Serge Gainsbourg. See more »

Soundtracks

Elisa
Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier
Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
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A very strong film
24 October 2000 | by claudine.bordereauxSee all my reviews

The whole film took me into a carousel of emotions: anger, longing for the mother, the sense of betrayal. Marie (Vanessa Paradis took me by surprise in a swirl. Gerard Depardieu is a great actor who's not afraid to try all sorts of roles, only they show the true human nature. This film moved me. very deep and although I did not have much of respect for Vanessa, in this film she proved herself to be a good actress. I got very moved by two songs and I've been surfing on the film site and others in order to find them. I just saw the film recently on YV and did not have the time to register the title and the artists. The first song is showing for a very short while 2 musicians and a little girl in the metro, starting to sing a wonderful (Romenian?)song. The second is when Depardieu is on the beach, at night, drinking down his pain, while the music is crying on the tape-recorder he brought with him. An italian song, I should think. Please, help me to find the right songs and their interpreters. you'll make me very happy. I was so moved. I'd love to know if the music is on Cd or if the artists have their respective CD

Friendly greetings from Claudine


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