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Love Unto Death (1984)

L'amour à mort (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 September 1984 (France)
Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Resnais

Writer:

Jean Gruault (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sabine Azéma ... Elisabeth Sutter
Fanny Ardant ... Judith Martignac
Pierre Arditi ... Simon Roche
André Dussollier ... Jérôme Martignac
Jean Dasté ... Dr. Rozier
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Anne Jourdet
Jean-Claude Weibel Jean-Claude Weibel ... Le spécialiste
Louis Castel Louis Castel ... Michel Garenne
Françoise Rigal Françoise Rigal ... Juliette Dotax
Françoise Morhange Françoise Morhange ... Mme Vigne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Voice (voice)
Yvette Etiévant ... Voice (voice)
Bernard Malaterre Bernard Malaterre ... Voice (voice)
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Storyline

Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to grapple with the possibility of his death. They eventually tell their close friends Jérôme and Judith Martignac about the event. The Martignacs are both clerics, and Judith has just been giving a funeral service for a villager who committed suicide, though Jérôme would have nothing to do with suicide... Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 September 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Eterno See more »

Filming Locations:

Uzès, Gard, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is at least a red and/or black item in every interior scene, since the color red stands for love and black for death. See more »

Goofs

Around 12.40 in the film, when Elisabeth picks up some papers from the floor, standing in front of a mirror and after wards walks to Simon, you can see someone in the mirror pulling the camera. See more »

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An easy to understand film from renowned French Cinéaste Alain Resnais
11 February 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Master cinéaste Alain Resnais likes to work with those actors who are a part of his family.In this film too we see Resnais' family members like Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azema, André Dussolier and Fanny Ardant dealing with serious themes like death,religion,suicide,love and their overall implications on our daily lives.The formal nature of relationship shared by these people is evident as even friends, they address each other using a formal you.In 1984,while making L'amour à mort,Resnais dealt with time,memory and space to unravel the mysteries of a fundamental question of human existence :Is love stronger than death ? It was 16 years ago in 1968 that Resnais made a somewhat similar film Je t'aime Je t'aime which was also about love and memories.Message of this film is loud and clear :true and deep love can even put science to shame as dead lovers regain their lost lives leaving doctors to care for their reputation.L'amour à mort is like a game which is not at all didactic.It is a film in which the musical score is in perfect tandem with its images.This is one of the reasons why this film can easily be grasped.


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